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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)

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