Alfredo Rodríguez: The Invasion Parade

Captivating release delves into the folklore and customs of the US-based pianist’s Cuban roots

Listen to this article


A strong year for Caribbean-Jazz crossovers continues with this captivating release featuring US-based pianist Alfredo Rodríguez delving into the folklore and customs of his Cuban roots – the ‘invasion’ of the title refers to people “invading” the streets to participate in a carnival parade.

The classy Quincy Jones production includes authentic shouts and chants, a skittish guest appearance by Esperanza Spalding, and classical references alongside strong jazz horns. Ebullient and sultry piano, intricate and irresistible rhythm, and a Latin dance classic gets a surprising twist.

Alfredo Rodríguez

The Invasion Parade

(Mack Avenue)

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved. You may share using our article tools. Please don't copy articles from and redistribute by email or post to the web.