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A solo piano album can work wonders for your soul. The music drives deeply with personal reflections that we’ve been learning, little by little, since childhood. Thanks to composers such as Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Ernesto Lécuona, we’ve shared much over the years. Chucho Valdés pays homage to each of them and adds his originals. Sparkling suites that change mood as the landscapes come and go provide much room for contemplation. Valdés gives us a lot to think about. Like a bridge over troubled water, his 6th Blue Note album swings gently between the classical tradition and contemporary scores. Valdés is a fiery improviser, but he’s restrained himself for this outing. A pavane has to remain stately; a reverie must be dreamy, and an arabesque should always sweep the room with dignity. The pianist adds subtle fire on occasion, but it’s mere seasoning for the roast. He prefers to leave the natural flavor unchanged this time out. A tribute of this sort, however, need not remain so straight. Near the end of the program, with his “Tumbão” and “Impromptu,” the pianist lights a fire that begs for more improvising time. While the session interprets treasured classical music, it expresses comparatively little of the native fire that Chucho Valdés has been known to display with emphasis.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com