Chucho Vald?s: New Conceptions (2003)
Tempting and fertile reinterpretations of “Satin Doll,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” and “Caravan” characterize the closing “Homenaje A Ellington.” The advanced harmonic and rhythmic jazz structure underlying this medley is as good a marker as any in the recording to highlight the evolved musical dialogue among the members of the quartet – as well as various opportune guest spots. Not everyone can hang with Chucho, but the supporting cast engages in fine ensemble playing, as well as nifty soloing. Valdïs legendary attributes are inevitably evident, however.
Valdïs’ arranging, composing and playing are both overwhelming and terminal in nature, scope and form. The material on New Conceptions, for example, will not be reinterpreted by anyone anywhere at an equal or superior level, even if one could muster players able, interested – or even willing – to endeavor in such a venture. Valdïs’ presence, both musically and physically, is so strong that most of what happens around him shines while simulataneously paling as giants cast long shadows even over the brightest lights. There are plenty of good reasons for the pianist's dominance among his peers during the last 30 years or so. Most of them are shown rather clearly on this record.
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Track Listing: 1. La Comparsa 2. You Don?t Know What Love Is 3. Los G?iros 4. Nanu 5. Solar 6. Sin Clave Pero Con Swing 7. Homenaje A Ellington
Personnel: Chucho Vald?s: Piano. Yaroldy Abreu Robles: Congas. L?zaro Rivero Alarc?n: Bass. Rams?s Rodr?guez Baralt: Trap Drums. Guests: Mayl?n Sevila Brizuela: Cello on 4. Jacinto Joaqu?n Olivero Gavil?n: Flute on 1. Rom?n Filiu O?Reilly: Alto Sax on 2. Irving Luichel Acao Tierra: Tenor Sax on 5 & 7. On 7: Jorge Enrique Leyva Angulo, Vocals. Dreiser Durruthy Bombale: Percussion, Vocals and Lead Vocal on ?Los G?iros.? Jos? A. Alabra Cabrera: Percussion, Vocals. Fran Garc?a Lanz: Percussion. Vlaldimir Ramos Pestana: Percussion, Vocals. Hammadi Recurrell Vald?s: Percussion, Vocals.
Record Label: Blue Note Records