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Trumpeter, vocalist, percussionist and composer Pete Rodriguez has played with some of the best musicians in the world, including many of Latin music’s luminaries, such as Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, La India and Tito Puente, including singing on Puente’s Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album, Mambo Birdland. Pete is the son of Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, a music legend in the Latin music world who gave “Lil’ Pete” the responsibility of directing his 12-piece orchestra while also playing the trumpet and singing. While excelling in the Latin field, Pete also pursued his love for jazz and has been fortunate to have performed with such high profile bandleaders as Eddie Palmieri, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Chico O’Farril, Carlos “Patato” Valdez, and Bebo Valdez, including performing on Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch’s Grammy-winning album, Simpatico.
Pete’s latest CD, El Alquimista/The Alchemist, featuring Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanchez, as well as Luis Perdomo, Henry Cole and Ricky Rodriguez, received critical acclaim, being called “historic” and “one of the best albums” of the year:
“There are simply no weaknesses whatsoever in either the writing or performance. The inspired use of instrumentation makes the production realize a high level of creativity and originality. It is an extremely well realized disc which reveals all that is so noble in jazz … Highly recommended for any fan of modern jazz and particularly to those desiring to hear stimulating new compositions played by top flight musicians with an astonishing degree of empathy for each other. Easily one of the best albums I've had the pleasure of listening to this year. A very, very impressive achievement by all involved.” (Audophile Audition)
“[From] the first track of Pete Rodriguez”s El Alquimista(The Alchemist) [it’s] clear this is an album with a difference. …By definition, an alchemist is one who practices the ancient art of converting base metals into gold, or, symbolically, one who changes a common item into something precious. Rodriguez turns common notes into a special mix of Latin, jazz and even symphonic music.” (All About Jazz)
“Here’s a ferociously swinging set by the trumpeter Pete Rodriguez. …a blowing session on challenging material [featuring] some of the heaviest musicians in New York who come from a Latin background but are more than capable of playing American jazz at the highest levels. Only a handful of people in that school; pick this album up before it disappears. Historic stuff.” (descarga.com)