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by Yoser Rodriguez

A blend of Latin and Caribbean rhythms drawing on Brazilian, Trini, Cuban, pop, rock and jazz traditions.
Genre: World: Caribbean
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  Song Share Time Download
1. El Sueño
4:24 $0.99
2. Raro Mirar
5:04 $0.99
3. Muchacha
5:03 $0.99
4. Posibles Tus Deseos
4:27 $0.99
5. Pollen
3:57 $0.99
6. Gente Que
3:35 $0.99
7. Mi Libertad
5:00 $0.99
8. Mojito Song
3:00 $0.99
9. Te Le Escapas a Los Años
5:46 $0.99
10. Entendimiento
5:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cuban-born Toronto bassist Yoser Rodriguez bridges the worlds of pop, world and jazz, drawing on the talents of some of Canada’s finest players and vocalists working within the genres of Latin jazz and salsa. With the potential to follow in the footsteps of fellow Latin Grammy-winning Alex Cuba, Rodriguez is the next generation of genre-defying Cuban singer-songwriters.

Previously known for his work as bassist for Lula All Stars, Canefire and various jazz projects such as that of trumpeter Alexis Baro, Rodriguez’ debut release is a rich and winding fusion of Brazilian, African, Trinidadian, Cuban and American pop influences.

The recording features the vocals of Adonis Puentes, brother of Alex Cuba and leader of his own highly successful salsa group. Venezuelan singer and composer Eliana Cuevas contributes backing vocals on “Te Le Escapas a Los Años,” a composition that was first recorded on the Lula All Stars 2015 debut release but receives a reggae rock treatment under the guidance of pianist and album co-producer Jeremy Ledbetter.

Boasting four of Canada’s most accomplished world jazz drummer/percussionists (Chendy Leon, Marito Marquez, Amhed Mitchel and Maninho Costa), Pollen includes appearances by Cuban powerhouses trumpeter Alexis Baro, guitarist Elmer Ferrer and fellow bassist Roberto Riveron.

The songs on the album explore the immigrant experience in Canada, environmental issues love and friendship.

Pollen is the fourth release by the Juno-winning Toronto world label, Lulaworld Records, a joint project of Toronto’s primary world music venue Lula Lounge and the not-for-profit, Lula Music and Arts Centre. The CD was produced with support from the Ontario Arts, Toronto Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts.



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Nigel A. Campbell

Pollen from Cuba
Cuban bass player and singer Yoser Rodriguez debuts with an album that is a joy to listen to. Described by the record label as “a rich and winding fusion of Brazilian, African, Trinidadian, Cuban, and American pop influences,” the mood of the album fluctuates between elation and what the Brazilians call saudade, a kind of melancholy and longing. Marketing blurbs aside, Rodriguez delivers ten tracks that pique interest and inspire the will to listen repeatedly. They’re sung mainly in Spanish, and we’re also told these songs “explore the immigrant experience in Canada, environmental issues, love and friendship.” Language is no barrier to great songwriting. Piano, strings, and Latin horns create the tropical ambience for the unembellished voice of Rodriguez to directly weave his messages. Solid musicianship that shines a light on the growing Cuban influence and presence in Toronto, where Rodriguez is based now, is another hallmark of this solid debut.