Review by Willard Manus

Fans of Latin jazz should check out DUOLOGUE, the new CD which showcases the work of Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez, two Cuban-born musicians who first teamed up on the former’s debut album for Mack Avenue, “The Invasion Parade.” Martinez’s stirring vocals and masterful drumming were heard on two tracks.

Now the countrymen have collaborated again, this time on a superb album for which they have written eight of the eleven tunes. Rodriguez, who plays piano, Rhodes and keyboards, believes that what makes them special “is that I come from the folkloric side and Alfredo from the classical side” of Afro-Cuban music. “You put those things together and you come out with an extraordinary sound.”

No argument there. DUOLOGUE is packed with fiery, dynamic Latin jazz, played and sung with consummate professionalism. It’s no wonder that Quincy Jones went out of his way to mentor Rodriguez and Martinez...and to produce this praiseworthy CD. (Mackavenue.com)