The New York jazz scene is virtually awash these days with sibling pairings of extremely talented young musicians, including the Rodriguez Brothers. Trumpeter Michael and pianist Robert have already earned excellent reputations as highly skilled players for their sideman work; on Conversations, the two prove themselves to be equally capable as composers and co-leaders of their own group, here with Carlos Henriquez and Ricardo Rodriguez splitting bass duties and Antonio Sanchez on drums. Tenor saxophonist David Sanchez guests on two tracks, but the date is primarily a quartet outing, a somewhat rare configuration for a trumpet-featured group, ...read more
From Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, to Ingrid and Christine Jensen, the notion of first-rate siblings in jazz, while certainly not new, is always exciting. On Conversations, the Rodriguez brothers, pianist Robert and trumpeter Michael, deliver a heartfelt display of original modern jazz explorations with a vibrant Afro-Cuban backdrop.
The opening track, Rowdy Rod, is a potent mix of edgy, progressive jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. With seamless transitions from fiery rhumba clave to hard driving swing, the brothers don't waste any time letting you know exactly what this session is all about. Both Robert and Michael are quick to demonstrate their ...read more