When three musicians come together with total command of their instruments and the music they are playing, the results are usually quite satisfying, and when each member of an ensemble sublimates his ego to perform the function the music demands of his instrument the collective is stronger, performing like a well-oiled machine. That is certainly the case with the Bebo Valdes Trio, masters of their instruments and Latin Jazz.
The melodies are simple, the grooves are authentic, the tempos are medium to slow dance, and the solos are melodic and song-like, with a folk music quality to them. Whether it's Cuban (Lamento Cubano) Son (Son De La Loma) Bolero (Bolero Popurri) or Calypso (Priquitin Pin Pon) the music and groove is just right. It's intellectual enough to satisfy musicians and accessible enough for casual listeners and dancers to enjoy. Paquito D'Rivera guests quite nicely on three tracks here, his solos adding a welcome dimension to the trio sound.
This collection is a lesson in Latin music and is highly recommended listening. If you're looking for mind-blowing pyrotechnics and "killer chops" look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a good time, you've come to the right place. Sit back with your favorite senorita, fire up a Cuban cigar, pour some tequila and enjoy this fine Latin music.
Track Listing: Lamento Cubano, Son de la Loma, El Maranon, Bolero Popurri, Priquitin Pin Pon, Negro de Sociedad, Buche & Pluma - Na Ma, El Reloj de Pastora, Conga Popurri, Ogguere, Pare Cochero, Cumbanchero, Si llego a baserte, Guracha Popurri, Romance en La Habana, Route 66, Adios Panama - Para Vigo Me Voy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.