RICHARD BONA - ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ BAND

 

RICHARD BONA - ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ BAND

Richard Bona electric bass and voice
Alfredo Rodriguez piano and voice
Ludwig Afonso drums
Jose Montaña percussions
Denis Rodriguez trombone
Carlos Sarduy trumpet

1.30 h (w/out intermission)
photo ©Adam Hart

The bass guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Richard Bona is one of the African musicians who has best succeeded in merging the musical sounds and traditions of his native Africa with the European influence and the best of American jazz.  Together with Alfredo Rodriguez, the musical director of all the recent projects of Quincy Jones, who considers him “a genius, the best pianist in the world”, and with a quintet, which adds cooler and vigour to his acoustic palette, Bona explores with skill and personality the many affinities between central African and Afro-Cuban music, which are so close and have evolved so much separately.
Virtuosity, rhythm and sensuality under the curious and provocative gaze of Quincy Jones, their common tutor, who had them work together for the first time as members of his Global Jumbo All-Stars, thus nurturing this ardent encounter of two generations of musicians whose passionate music stems from different shores bathed by the same ocean.

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