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NPR First Listen: Review: Alfredo Rodríguez, ‘The Little Dream’

Note: NPR’s First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Alfredo Rodríguez is a figurehead of the new generation of Cuban jazz musicians who observe and honor their roots while constantly seeking new avenues for expression. The 32-year-old pianist’s new album, The Little Dream, evokes Keith JarrettJaco Pastorious and Pat Metheny in equal parts, but the rhythms of Cuba, those guïro grooves can get anybody reeling and rocking, are etched into the music’s bones.

Rodríguez, bassist/guitarist Munir Hossn and drummer Michael Olivera flesh out ethereal, almost pastoral soundscapes, lending a delicate, child-like wonder to the album’s heaviest compositions. In “Bloom,” the melodies spread and grow, as if they were mirroring the growth and blossom of some magnificent, delicate flower. [Read More]