Garnering high praise from esteemed musical legend Quincy Jones, calling any musician “one of the most prolific and gifted jazz pianists of the 21st century”, is no small feat. Coming across this quote, I immediately needed to know more about Cubano master composer and pianist Alfredo Rodriguez. As the notes from the first piece I played simultaneously glided and firework shattered across my eardrums, shades of musical genius and discussions of the “next jazz great” emerge. Unpredictable yet intricate. Random yet delightfully purposeful.
Deciding to study music at the tender age of seven, Alfredo was destined to share stages with Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and collaborate with Esperanza Spalding, Pedrito Martinez and aforementioned mentor Quincy Jones on his latest effort ‘The Invasion Parade’. I chatted with him before his recent tour to China and Japan recently about the difficult decision to leave Havana, a historic cradle of musical talent, what he gleans from his relationship with Quincy, working with Esperanza and Chick and more. Listen to the interview clips (here or below) and visit Alfredo’s site for more tour and album info!