Jose Rodriguez | Moments In Life

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Moments In Life

by Jose Rodriguez

String quartet with piano & percussion featuring Danzon, Cha Cha Cha, Reggae, & Mambo rhythms fused with Classical & Jazz Harmonies.
Genre: Classical: String Quartet
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1. America the Beautiful
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2:28 $0.99
2. Caribbean Fantasy
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13:05 $3.99
3. Moments In Life
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6:06 $1.99
4. Caribbean Fantasy Mambo Outtake
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5. Dragonetti Waltz No. 3 Live
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Jose Rodriguez is an on demand bassist who released his long awaited album “Moments In Life”. A great deal of passion, love, trials and tribulations when into making this album; It also represents the diverse music scene of the east coast. This album features some of the best freelance musicians: Victor Costanzi violin, Roland Satterwhite violin, Ralph Farris viola, Matt Kanelos piano, and Manuel Alejandro Carro percussion.

One of the main features in this album is “Caribbean Fantasy” a 13 minute ground breaking work that incorporates rhythms from the caribbean which include Danzon, Cha Cha Cha, Reggae, & Mambo fused with Western Music and Jazz Harmonies, The form of this work can be considered as a suite that segues right into the next movement without a pause. The instrumentation also give it a musical twist, the use of strings with piano and percussion rather than a typical conjunto band gives this concept a truly classical acoustic sound.

Jose also pays tribute to Domenico Dragonetti the Italian born double bassist who had a profound influence on double bass history.


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A Musician to Follow
This is an excellent debut album from a very talented composer and musician. Rodriguez's substantial skills as a classical bassist are especially evident in his solo performance "Dragonetti Waltz No. 3", a brilliant tribute to the 19th-Century double bassist virtuoso. Both "Caribbean Fantasy" and its "Mambo Outtake" captivate as they flawlessly flow through Caribbean dance rhythms. My favorite is the hauntingly beautiful title selection "Moments in Life", which captures the indescribable beauty and profundity of life. The pristine performance of the album's string ensemble is guided but never overpowered by Rodriguez's superb bass playing. And this is only his first album— I can't wait to see where else Rodriguez will take us! Keep an eye on him.