Live at the Village Vanguard


Live at the Village Vanguard by EMI Europe Generic at Your Free Album. MPN: 724352073023. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. original 2000 u.s. cd release on the blue note label Put the force of McCoy Tyner, the superhuman keyboard agility of Art Tatum, and the delicacy of Erroll Garner into a 6-foot-4 Cuban-born frame, and you'll get Jesus ''Chucho'' Valdes, one of the greatest piano players on the planet. For three decades, Valdes led the Cuban superband Irakere, with Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. But in the last few years, Valdes has been spotlighting his pianistic prowess in small combos such as the quarte


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original 2000 u.s. cd release on the blue note label Put the force of McCoy Tyner, the superhuman keyboard agility of Art Tatum, and the delicacy of Erroll Garner into a 6-foot-4 Cuban-born frame, and you'll get Jesus "Chucho" Valdes, one of the greatest piano players on the planet. For three decades, Valdes led the Cuban superband Irakere, with Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. But in the last few years, Valdes has been spotlighting his pianistic prowess in small combos such as the quartet he led during a spirited stint at the legendary Village Vanguard in 1999. Backed by a young group of Cuban musicians--drummer Raul Pineda Roque, percussionist Roberto Vizcaino Guillot, and bassist Franciso Rubio Pampin--Valdes turns the piano into a hurricane of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Valdes's masterful manipulations of African American jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms ring through on the supersonic tempo of "Anabis," the frenetic bebop licks on the tribute "To Bud Powell," and the Thelonious Monk-like block chords on the midtempo "Son XXI (Para Pia)." As an arranger, Valdes ingeniously reworks old Cuban standards such as "The Peanut Vendor" and "Que Bueno Baila Usted" into his own Caribbean-charged compositions, "Punto Cubano" and "Como Traigo La Yuca." Another island gem, "Drume Negrita," is redone with a funky swing capped by the vibrant vocals of the leader's sister, Mayra Caridad Valdes. The climax of this stirring set is "Ponle La Clave," Valdes's atmospheric African drum celebration that percussively points to the motherland that birthed Cuba's folkloric fusions. Valdes's tender "Encore-- Lorraine's Habanera," named for the Village Vanguard's owner--gently brings the eager and amazed audience back to Earth. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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  • Chucho Valdes- Live At The Village Vanguard

Additional Information

Manufacturer:
EMI Europe Generic
Category:
Cuba
MPN:
724352073023
Release Date:
2000-04-11
UPC:
724352073023
Artist:
Chucho Valdes
Publisher:
EMI Europe Generic
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Format:
Live
Publication Date:
2004-02-23
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.25 pounds
Item Size:
5 x 0.25 x 5.5 inches
Package Weight:
0.18 pounds
Package Size:
5.04 x 0.39 x 5.59 inches

 


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