CD Conversations * [The Rodriguez Brothers] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 1125727),
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Conversations * [The Rodriguez Brothers] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Rowdy Rod
    2. Guayaquil
    3. Lerida
    4. Rude Awakening
    5. Spin
    6. Intro to Conversations
    7. Conversations
    8. Midnight Excursion
    9. El Manicero - (The Peanut Version)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SCD-2082

  • Credits
    ProducerRoberto "Gitmo" Rodriguez; Robert Rodriguez; Michael Rodriguez
    EngineerEric Elterman

    The Rodriguez Brothers: David Sanchez (tenor saxophone); Michael Rodriguez (flugelhorn); Robert Xavier Rodriguez (piano); Ricardo Rodriguez , Carlos Henrquez (bass instrument); Antonio Sanchez (drums).
    The Rodriguez Brothers' debut recording as co-leaders blends elements of Latin jazz and
    post-bop in fine fashion, with each of them contributing several infectious originals. The Latin flavor is a little more discrete in Michael Rodriguez's driving opener, "Rowdy Rod," showcasing his fiery trumpet and a fine solo by bassist Carlos Henrquez. Robert Xavier Rodriguez, an accomplished pianist, penned the lush ballad "Lerida" to honor his bride and also the elegant "Intro to Conversations" (utilizing an overdubbed brass choir and arco bass) to set up "Conversation," featuring Michael on flugelhorn in a stunning performance that is reminiscent of Tom Harrell (duly noted by liner note writer David French). The one widely known song performed is "El Manicero (The Peanut Vendor)," though this lively interpretation bears little resemblance to the popular recordings of this decades-old favorite, with Michael's dancing muted trumpet powered by the unusual rhythmic backing, a joint arrangement by the Rodriguez Brothers. Tenor saxophonist David Sanchez guests on two tracks as well. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A tangy mix of hard-bop and Afro-Cuban styles emerge as the band's modus operandi, demonstrated on the opener, 'Rowdy Rod'..."
    JazzTimes (p.77) - "Robert's piano work shows plenty of classical training mixed with some montuno flavorings and links to jazz players such as Cedar Walton, Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner."
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