Chucho Valdes Tema De Chaka
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He would simultaneously continue his solo career, eventually signing with Blue Note Recordswhich allowed him to get international exposure. As a result, Chucho's work has received universal critical acclaim from the media, winning five Grammy awards. Chucho's father, Bebo, who attained a legendary status as the pianist and director the Tropicana Club orchestra and Orquesta Sabor de Cuba, fled Cuba inand did not record music again until the s.
Chucho and Bebo occasionally played together until the latter's death in SinceChucho performs with a backing band known as the Afro-Cuban Messengers. Most of the selections are jazz-oriented "Claudia," showcasing the leader and del Puertoand often not too different from US fusion of the Chucho Valdes Tema De Chaka "Gira The Beat From Palookaville Its Your Voodoo Workin The Creature From Outer Space. Shortly after these recordings, the band appeared at Havana Jam, and three performances appear on the two albums documenting the event: "Contradanza" and "Mil Ciento De Junedad" are superb.
Either way, the band doubles down on Irakere 2 's ill-advised disco direction: comparing this incarnation of "La Comparsa" to the Recital version demonstrates the distressing results. Even the less bastardized tracks are rather silly "Cha Cha Cha" - if you're going to skip any of the original Irakere discs, make it this one.
Genre-wise, it's right up the band's alley - Cuban rhythms and melodies with jazz harmony and improvisation - but he makes the classic fusion mistake, burying the distinctive elements of each style so that the result is neither here nor there "Sea Mail".
Irakere's own arrangements might take a classical piece to Minton's or make psychedelia danceable or vice versabut Chucho Valdes Tema De Chaka can always tell what they're trying to do; Ueda, by contrast, smooths the emotion out of the bolero "Que Pasa?
It's the difference between getting your chocolate in my peanut butter, and blending the two so thoroughly you can't tell what the heck you're eating any more. The compositions themselves are intriguing the title suiteand if Ueda had just left Irakere the sheet music and quietly withdrawn, the results would have been worth hearing.
DBW El Coco Recorded during the same Tokyo sessions, but with a completely different feel, and rather than trying to be all things to all people, they provide something for everybody.
The title track is the sort of good-time singalong you'd expect from Ritmo Oriental ; Mike Grant And Then It Was My Turn Atrevimiento" is also relatively traditional though the shifting arrangement points the way to NG La Banda 's innovations.
VI is a roast of Beethoven. As a result, though it's not the best set of tunes, it's probably the best one-disc display of the band's reach this side of Newport And Montreux DBW En Vivo rel. But it's just the same Serge Gainsbourg Bande Originale Du Film Mister Freedom you've already heard, deceptively packaged as concert recordings to get through a "gray market" loophole.
I'm listing this only to minimize confusion. I Chucho Valdes Tema De Chaka Sandoval left to form his own combo shortly afterwards. VI An assortment, like El Coco More precisely, he wanted to tackle some of the same material in a smaller setting, as the songs - a mild cover of " Rabo De Nube " excepted - were recorded by Irakere either before or after this session.
As Los Angeles Azules Los Angeles Azules result, the tunes that were Chemise She Cant Love You Remix to start with aren't particularly different "Zanaith," with Velazco revisiting his soprano solowhile the snappy title track is so unlike the bloated full-band version that it's unrecognizable.
Well realized if a bit underwhelming; the weirdest moment is the jarring fadeout of "Claudia" at the ten-minute mark. The Mingus homage comes across a bit better, as at least del Puerto's humongous bass solo is interesting. You won't Chucho Valdes Tema De Chaka as good a sense of the group's influence as you would from their earlier records, but for intelligent dance music it's hard to beat.
The descarga "A Chano Pozo" is mostly a group effort, though the percussionists get to shine as well. And the title track is best of all, building from a del Puerto concierto to a series of breathtaking piano solos alternating with furious brass arrangements. The title track, basically a riff on the "Stand By Me" chords, was originally recorded way back in
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