Jazz Bata

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
With the exception of one song left off due to lack of space, this single CD reissues the music from two LPs featuring Chucho Valdés in Cuba. 1972's Jazz Bata, the first five selections, features the great pianist in a rhythm section with bassist Carlos del Puerto and Oscar Valdes on congas. The originals, which are straight-ahead jazz that utilizes Cuban polyrhythms, show off Valdés' wondrous technique well, and include one song named after Valdés' famous group "Irakere." While "Laureen" is an emotional out-of-tempo ballad, some of the other songs find the pianist making a great deal out of very little including the lengthy vamp piece "Son No. 2." He never seems to run out...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
With the exception of one song left off due to lack of space, this single CD reissues the music from two LPs featuring Chucho Valdés in Cuba. 1972's Jazz Bata, the first five selections, features the great pianist in a rhythm section with bassist Carlos del Puerto and Oscar Valdes on congas. The originals, which are straight-ahead jazz that utilizes Cuban polyrhythms, show off Valdés' wondrous technique well, and include one song named after Valdés' famous group "Irakere." While "Laureen" is an emotional out-of-tempo ballad, some of the other songs find the pianist making a great deal out of very little including the lengthy vamp piece "Son No. 2." He never seems to run out of ideas. The final five selections are from 1982 and have Valdés leading a five-piece rhythm section plus guest German Velasco playing soprano sax or flute on three numbers; Valdés takes "Son Para Leyanis" as a highly rhythmic piano solo. His "Claudia" is one of his best-known pieces, while the memorable "Zanaith" is on the same level. All in all, this is a superior reissue featuring some of Chucho Valdés' best piano recordings of the era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Malanga Films Spain
  • EAN: 8436019588024
  • Catalog Number: 802
  • Sales rank: 105,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Irakere (8:53)
  2. 2 Son N° 2 (10:29)
  3. 3 Neurosis (6:00)
  4. 4 Laureen (7:16)
  5. 5 Palia (6:19)
  6. 6 Tema de Chaka (6:49)
  7. 7 Rabo de Nube (7:02)
  8. 8 Zanaith (8:52)
  9. 9 Son Para Leyanis (5:50)
  10. 10 Claudia (10:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chucho Valdés Primary Artist, Piano
Enrique Pla Drums
Oscar Valdés Conga
Carlos del Puerto Bass
Carlos Emilio Morales Guitar
Technical Credits
Silvio Rodríguez Composer
Chucho Valdés Composer, Producer
Jordi Soley Executive Producer
Carlos del Puerto Composer
Oscar Valdez Composer
Jorge Rodriguez Producer
José Luis Gutiérrez Engineer
Ramón Alón Engineer
Eric Mills Producer, translation
María Elena Mendiola Liner Notes
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