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.
Rodríguez, bassist/guitarist Munir Hossn and drummer Michael Olivera flesh out ethereal,
almost pastoral soundscapes, lending a delicate, child-
For every tone poem, Rodríguez reinterprets the sounds of his homeland in spry, whirling dances. The rhythms that animate Santería rituals, the mambos that spring forth new romances on the daily, these are what animate the delicate dance of piano, guitar, and drum kit on the celebratory "Alegria," the hymnal "Vamos Todos A Cantor," and industrially inclined "Silver Rain."
The Little Dream's title track serves as the album's manifesto. Vibrant passages of harmonic development, heralded by a Yoruba choir, give way to unified tangos up and down the fret and keyboard. With each melodic pirouette, the music takes on more and more the shape of a ballerina, dancing delicately en pointe.