Once in awhile I am lucky enough to attend a concert that goes beyond remarkable into the marvelous, say by Rodney Crowell, Emmy Lou Harris, Leonard Cohen, Joan Osborne, Richard Thompson, and Rhiannon Giddens (twice). Last night this old man lucked out again with a jazz performance by pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez. Wow! Their musical talent seems boundless, they are clearly both virtuosos, and they clearly, luminously play together with wonderful joy. How humans can do this always amazes me, but some manage to do so. Wow again.
Here is the deal specific to them: My heart filled with joy with their music and their engagement together and with us. This is music from the earth and its peoples who rise above mundane existence. Both are from Cuba and draw upon their heritage as well as many other sources (one encore included a riff on Michael Jackson’s thriller). Their friendship and collaborative passion shine through their performance. Enough said. They are just starting a tour so check out their websites, alfredomusic.com and pedritomartinezmusic.com, for dates, then see and hear for yourself what power their art has to elevate the mind. Travel on to there.