Alfredo Rodríguez’s Next Chapter Is ‘The Little Dream’


Rodríguez’s new studio album, Little Dream, will be released on Feb. 23.

(Photo: Anna Webber)

Mack Avenue will release pianist Alfredo Rodríguez’s new studio album, Little Dream, on Feb. 23.

Over the past decade, Rodríguez has gone from a young local Cuban artist to a globally recognized Grammy-nominee with three critically acclaimed releases on Mack Avenue: Sounds Of Space (2011), The Invasion Parade (2014), and Tocororo (2016).

Over the years, Rodríguez’s worldwide tours have shaped his point of view. “I believe people are more similar than different,” he said. “We live in a time where we have so many ways to inform ourselves, and yet some places—and people—choose to remain isolated. As a result, the world can lack peace and empathy, instead of showing unity and tolerance.”

Rodríguez’s highly anticipated fourth album was recorded with bassist Munir Hossn and drummer Michael Olivera in two days, with a majority of the songs being done in one take.

“The most beautiful thing to me is when I play and the opposite of what I had intended happens, so I have to find a solution while I am playing,” Rodríguez said. “Music is like life: It’s about adaption and transformation in the moment.”

Rodríguez’s commitment to improvisation is evident in his popular cover song videos, which have racked up millions of views on his social media channels.

“The title of my new album, The Little Dream, is my response to our current world climate,” he said. “The title comes from my fascination with the dream world, which is a beautiful manifestation of our reality. My greatest dream is one where all humans live happily and in peace.”

As on past projects, Quincy Jones continues to serve as Rodríguez’s producer. “Quincy always impresses me, and for a young musician, it’s such an incredible opportunity to get to be around a legend,” he said. “Quincy has affected my life in so many positive ways; he is my mentor, and the most open-minded musician I know. His influence has made me a better person as well as a better musician.”

Rodríguez will perform with percussionist Pedrito Martinez at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York on Jan. 11–12.

Rodríguez and his trio will perform at the Miller Theatre in New York on March 3.

For more info on Alfredo Rodríguez, visit his website. DB

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