i stumbled across alfredo rodriguez, a young cuban pianist.  he defected to the us by way of mexico.  on this link he plays a tune he composed about the experience.  this guy's got crazy chops!

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wow
damn...i must admit, i thought the guy was pretty great to begin with, if not mind blowing.  then he played some of the stuff after the 3:00 mark.  damn!  he has a great feel for time as well.
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is that an oscar on the right hand side of his piano?  can he act too? damn, some people have it all.
it's unfortunate that quincy jones did not go to the trouble of tuning the bosendorfer in his living room.

along with all the bombastics, it would have been nice to see a touch of tenderness.

but mainly i just got the vibe that the guy is simply beating the living shit out of the keys.

does he compare to djangorov or hiromi? not for virtuosity nor for sensitivity.

but quincy jones is promoting him. and since "q" is god, we must all bow down and worship his holiness.
that's a hilarious review!!  time to call your piano tuner quincy, alfredo's been beating the living shit out of your bos.  if he played more sensitively this wouldn't have happened.

please.
ya i don't really dig his playing but i agree with 7...  what quincy says shall be.  so if q says he is the shit so be it.
he came to london recently, but i didn't go to see him. to be honest i was put off by all the hype! there is already a great cuban pianist called alfredo rodriguez who died  quite recently. he moved to new york in the 1960s, studied with bill evans, toured with the joe cuba 6tet etc, before finally relocating to paris in the 1980s.  

none of the publicity surrounding the 'new' alfredo rodriguez mentions the fact that he has a predecessor with the same name. to me this seems like gross lack of respect. it also breeds confusion! imagine some guy coming along and calling himself horace silver or hank jones, without mentioning the connection?!
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