Pete Rodriguez: Scorpion




Pete Rodriguez (trumpet)


El Alquimista (The Alchemist) (Conde Music 2782)

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Pete Rodriguez (trumpet),

David Sanchez (tenor sax), Luis Perdomo (piano, Fender Rhodes), Ricardo Rodriguez (bass), Henry Cole (drums), Roberto Quintero (congas)


Composed by Pete Rodríguez


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, March 17-18, 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

I don't know what it is, but when musicians take off on unison runs, it really amps up the energy level. "Scorpion" finds leader Pete Rodríguez and tenor saxophonist David Sanchez whipping through some knotty passages, aided by bubbling percussion underneath. Luis Perdomo's piano then ups the ante a bit more with similarly angular riffs. The tension drops back as the rhythm section takes on a more conventional comping role for Sanchez's rising sax solo. As far as energy goes, the key here is percussion. Between Roberto Quintero's rippling congas and Henry Cole's tireless kit work, there's no danger that the group will lose momentum. This enthusiasm transfers directly through the solos of Rodríguez and then Perdomo. Relentless.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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