Brilliant Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez‘ albums are not collections of musical pieces but tales told in a distinctive voice, with a distinct point of view and purpose. His 2011 debut, Sounds of Space, served as an introduction, as a way of saying “here are the people, the places, and the sounds that have surrounded me and made me who I am,” he explained then. In The Invasion Parade, his 2014 follow-up, Rodríguez revisited various Cuban musical traditions, seen through the prism of time, distance, and his new personal and musical experiences. His latest album, Tocororo, is named for the Cuban national bird that cannot live in a cage, is a free, no holds-barred jazz take on Cuban roots rhythms and themes.
Rodriguez will perform with his trio at the Jazz Showcase Thursday May 11 at 8 and 10pm, Friday May 12 at 8 and 10 pm, Saturday May 13 at 8 and 10 pm and Sunday May 14 at 4, 8 and 10pm .
Feature photo: Alfredo Rodriguez, courtesy of Anna Webber