Chucho Valdés -Tribute to Irakere

November 20, 2015 / No Comments / Tags: chucho valdes, thejazzpage

(Jazz Village)

Master pianist Chucho Valdés delivers a true gem live at the Marciac Jazz Festival in Marciac, France this past August. Tribute to Ikarere is an homage to the Cuban band by the same name, co-founded by Valdés, that fused the Afro-Cuban sound with jazz, rock to become legendary in the Latin jazz genre. For this purpose, Valdés assembled a lineup of talented musicians across generations who were influenced by the seminal band. Joining him on the effort are Rodney Barreto on drums, Gaston Joya on bass, Yaroldy Abreu on percussion, Dreiser Durruthy on batás and vocals, along with Manuel Nachado, Carlos Sarduy and Reinaldo Melian on trumpets and Ariel Bringuez and Rafael Àguila on tenor and alto saxophones respectively. The high-performance unit generates some serious electricity and the audience definitely responds in kind. A true must-hear performance.

Click to listen to a clip of “Congadanza”:

Tracks: Juana 1600, Lorena’s Tango, Congadanza, Afro-Commanche, Afro-Funk, Yansá .