Painted in the broadest of strokes, the stories of Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez may seem similar: both started life in Havana, discovered their gifts and passions for music and headed to the States, where they melded the music of their homeland with a wide variety of influences, each in his own deeply personal way. As a result of their differences, Rodriguez and Martinez share a natural chemistry that makes for a galvanizing musical experience when they come together. Their first duo outing, Duologue, finds the pair exploring a range of moods and influences, from Cuban classics to collaborative original compositions to a number of unexpected favorites. Since the beginning, my collaboration with Pedrito has been very exciting, Rodriguez states. Even though we come from different backgrounds, the energy we share, the passion for what we do, and the respect we have for each other has been beautiful. Adds Martinez, It was an amazing experience and a pleasure to work with Alfredo because he s a great human being. The way he plays and the way he composes are unique and amazing.