Saturday, November 19, 2022

Richard Bona/Alfredo Rodriguez Trio @ Salle Pleyel, Paris - November 19th, 2022

Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez is on his way to becoming a household name in the realm of Jazz and Latin music. As for Richard Bona, he's been bona-fide (pun intended) superstar for twenty years now. Completed by drummer Michael Olivera, the trio plays a very funky style of Afro-Cuban Jazz where each player is given a chance to shine. 
 Whether it's on compositions by Rodriguez, like RaƬces, or by Bon, like Sen Sen Sen, the trio's sheer joy of playingg is obvious. Unfortunately, this show was an all-seated event and the audience wasn't able to let loose and "remuer leurs popotins" (as Richard Bona calls it) until the very end.

This was an excellent performance full of energy, groove and humor; a merger of continents, of cultures and of sounds: the true meaning of the word fusion.

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