Chucho Valdes: New Conceptions (2003)
A particularly thoughtless version of the standard "You Don't Know What Love Is," played with a gut-busting fortissimo, shows Valdes might never have considered what the original song lyrics meant. Valdes loves pounding melodrama a bit too often for my taste, and his penchant for playing thirty notes when twelve might do wears thin quickly. A fresh new concept would be a solo album of restrained ballads, something with no "pedal to metal" – literally, or metaphorically.
Track Listing: 1. La Comparsa, 2. You Don't Know What Love Is, 3. Los Guiros, 4. Nanu, 5. Solar, 6. Sin Clave Pero Con Swing, 7. Homenaje A Ellington
Personnel: Chuco Valdes, Yaroldy Abreau Robles, Lazaro Rivero Alarcon, Ramses Rodriguez Baralt
Record Label: Blue Note Records