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Jazz Fest - Day 1: Rochester City Newspaper reviews Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez

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Over at Xerox Auditorium, Alfredo Rodriguez was playing percussively at the piano while Pedrito Martinez made his drums sing. Rodriguez is one of the most rhythmic keyboard players I've ever heard, but underneath the ever-present pulse were some wondrous chordal melodies. Martinez had five conga drums, all tuned to different notes. He sat on a cajón that served as his bass drum.

Two of the finest musicians to emerge from Cuba in recent years, Rodriguez and Martinez both sang on some of the tunes. On one of them, Rodriguez was assisted by a keyboard/computer gadget that turned his single notes into gorgeous harmonized chords. Martinez, who has one of those great, rough-hued Cuban voices, sang his counterpoint over and around those voices. I had no idea what they were singing about but there was a lot of passion on that stage.  PHOTO: Josh Saunders

READ THE Rochester City Newspaper REVIEW