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by Javier AQ Ortiz
Encantado, or 'enchanted,' is the first release under the name of the youngest part of a celebrated Cuban pianistic triad. Jes's 'Chuchito' Vald's, Jr. is the grandson of 'Bebo' and son of 'Chucho' . Vald's, Jr., however, is his own man, although quite 'chuchified' nonetheless. More on this later'
The recording merges original compositions with standards from Cuban and jazz music. It opens with 'Homenaje Bebo,' as a showcase for Vald's, Jr.'s chops, with a brief and somewhat stunted conga ...read more