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2014 release from the Cuban pianist and composer who moved to the United States in January 2009. On The Invasion Parade, the follow-up to his stunning debut, Sounds of Space, Rodr¡guez explores his memories of Cuba, the people and the culture he left behind - and finds his new place. Co-produced by Quincy Jones, Rodr¡guez' champion and mentor, and featuring a superb ensemble that includes bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Mart¡nez, and drummer and percussionist Henry Cole, The Invasion Parade comprises nine tracks including originals by Rodr¡guez as well as evergreens such as 'Guantanamera,' Maria Teresa Vera's 'Veinte A¤os,' and 'Quiz s, Quiz s, Quiz s.'


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  • Audio CD (March 3, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B00HHMNMP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Whistler VINE VOICE on March 8, 2014
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On his sophomore effort, The Invasion Parade (which like his excellent debut album "Sounds of Space" is produced by the great Quincy Jones,) pianist/composer Alfredo Rodriguez has expanded his palette beyond the trio format to show the true scope of his musical interests, which seem to push past the convenient labels we have for modern improvised music; on the surface this might be called contemporary Afro Cuban jazz, but is really much more than that, defying convenient categorization.

Alfredo Rodriguez writes beautiful melodies that seem to come from folk songs. He freely takes that folkloric element and filters it through a steely classical sensibility to create rock solid structures from which to extemporize. His classical discipline shines through in his improvisations as well, often eschewing single lines for angular musical gestures- he seems to view the entire piano as an orchestra, rather than limiting his soloing to playing traditional right hand lines with left hand comping. In this regard he reminds me of the great Venezualan pianist and composer, Danilo Perez. There is restraint here, yet every once in a while a fiery ribbon of pure melodic power is released, breaking to the surface through the dynamic tension. Rodriguez plays the piano like a drum, choosing to express rthymically, but with a modern harmonic vocabulary, often sounding like a cross between Ginastera and Monk.

It's no coincidence that Esperanza Spalding, another fearless boundary breaking artist of staggering abilities, appears on two tracks. Just to hear her vocally navigate the melody on the lyrical Rodriguez original, El Guije is jaw dropping; her vocal scatting on this track is worth the price of the album alone.

The Invasion Parade is a festival of color, rhythm and melody.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RH on May 27, 2014
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Just after becoming an international sensation on the jazz scene with his landmark
debut blockbuster Sounds And Space in 2012 that was followed by a serious of recital
tours during the two-year period, Alfredo Rodriguez delighted the music world with this
challenging and visually stunning masterwork. Released in 2014 to critical accolades,
The Invasion Parade is a breezy and colourful stroke of genius that is a celebration of
freedom and the power of solidarity as he did so in an honest and bold manner, which
he and his band performed with astounding provocation and multi-faceted eclecticism.
Beginning with the title track, the sprawling track set concludes with his robust take of
Guantanamera, as it proceeds in full force with fresh ‘new’ compositions, like El Guije,
A Santa Barbara, Timberobot—which features electronic sound effects, the jazz waltz
classic Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, as well as with the atmospheric Veinte Anos (Twenty
Years) and even the final track Cubismo (Cubism). Hailed by Quincy Jones as one of
the most prolific and gifted jazz pianists of the 21st Century, The Invasion parade find
the young jazz piano master in top form which he perpetuates the solid backbeat and
Afro-Cuban rhythms to a higher authority while he sees himself as a creator of music
who defines his art in a reflective upbeat momentum as he draws on his experiences
and where he is heading. So come along and invite your friends to become a part of
this timeless experience as Rodriguez presents it with pride the second time around.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Jackson on March 11, 2014
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Absolutely wonderful!
It is the best jazz album I've heard in the last couple years! Alfredo Rodriguez is a real master at piano. The album was produced by legendary producer Quincy Jones, it can only be amazing!!
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Alfredo did not disappoint on the CD excellent. I can feel the African Cubana rhythms jumping out of my speakers into my soul. Bravo my brother.... Can't wait to see him in concert.
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