“I breathed Cuban music,” says Alfredo Rodriguez of his upbringing in Havana. But since moving to the US in early 2009, “being outside that reality gives me a different perspective. Creating and playing this music has been like finding out who I am, all over again.” On The Invasion Parade, the acclaimed pianist’s new Mack Avenue album co-produced by Quincy Jones, Rodriguez explores his memories of Cuba, the people and the culture he left behind – and finds his new place. “I searched different styles, different rhythms of Cuban music,” the artist explains. “I explored Conga Santiaguera [a rhythm from Santiago, in Eastern Cuba], Afro-Cuban music and also musica guajira [country music]. I’m exploring the roots and searching for my own contribution to Cuban music.” This week Alfredo Rodriguez will bring The Invasion Parade to life – on stage at Jazz Standard!
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Get An Inside Look At What It Was Like To Create The Invasion Parade In This 3 Part Video Series
Alfredo Rodriguez Presents his Compositions for The Invasion Parade to Producer Quincy Jones for the First Time
Recording at Avatar Studios with Esperanza Spalding, Pedrito Martinez , Henry Cole, Peter Slavov, and Roman Filiu
Mastering Session with the Legendary Bernie Grundman and Quincy Jones