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Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers: Chucho's Steps

Read "Chucho's Steps" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The odyssey of pianist Chucho Valdés has been well documented from his early days in Cuba playing in his father Bebo's Sabor de Cuba Orchestra to the founding of Irakere and on to new pastures as he infused fresh blood into Latin music and jazz. Valdez has never been fettered; his ideas are constantly evolving, finding ...


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Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers: Chucho's Steps

Read "Chucho's Steps" reviewed by Chris May

The semiology contained on pianist Chucho Valdés' magnificent Chucho's Steps points to the character of the music before the disc has even been taken out of its sleeve. First there's the name of the group and its reference to drummer Art Blakey's ferociously swinging Jazz Messengers. Then there's the title of the opener, “Las dos caras" ...


Article: Album Review

Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers: Chucho's Steps

Read "Chucho's Steps" reviewed by Chris May

La semiología contenida en el magnífico Chucho's Steps de Chucho Valdés define el carácter de la música antes de haber reproducido el disco. En primer lugar, la referencia al batería Art Blakey y al swing apasionado y feroz de los Jazz Messengers. Luego, el título de la pieza inicial, Las dos caras, que apunta a las ...


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