Pete Rodriguez: Who Do I Trust?
Who Do I Trust?
Pete Rodriguez (trumpet)
El Alquimista (The Alchemist) (Conde Music 2782)
Pete Rodriguez (trumpet),
David Sanchez (sax), Luis Perdomo (keyboards), Ricardo Rodriguez (bass), Henry Cole (drums), Roberto Quintero (congas).
Composed by Pete Rodriguez.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, March 2008
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Trumpeter/composer Pete Rodriquez is the son of famous Latin music star Pete "El Conde" Rodriquez. He grew up in the Latin music world and performed with many of Latin jazz's biggest stars including Eddie Palmieri and Chico O'Farril. Despite this, his music is not dominated by these experiences. The Latin influence is certainly heard in "Who Do I Trust?" but it is no more of an element than a hundred different other things. This is high-energy aggressive modern jazz. Crashing drums and an ever-so-slight Latin-tinged bassline, doubled on piano, introduce the provocative melody. As the tune starts swinging it, Rodriquez has saxophonist David Sanchez take the first turn. We hear straight-ahead blowing. Sanchez can play real good. Rodriquez joins him for some forceful counterpoint. The energy is ramped up and maintained until the theme is reintroduced. Rodriquez has written some very enjoyable music. The superior talent Pete Rodriguez and his bandmates offer adds to only further the obvious. This is very good jazz played with zeal. I would trust them with my ears.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky