Bebo Rides Again

Bebo Rides Again

by Bebo Valdés


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Bebo Rides Again

This CD is both historic and quite exciting. Bebo Valdes (father of Chucho, the leader of Irakere) was one of the giants of Cuban jazz and popular music until he fled the country in 1960. Amazingly enough, he had not recorded since, despite living peacefully in Sweden. This recording is also significant in that it is one of the first times that Cuban exiles had recorded with Cubans still living under Castro (guitarist Carlos Emilio Morales and percussionist Amadito Valdes). Paquito D'Rivera (who organized this set) deserves a lot of credit for its success, but Valdes is the real star. He composed eight new selections in the 36 hours before the recordings began, although he was 76 years old at the time. Although Valdes claimed that, with the lack of sleep and excess of writing (he also arranged ten of the 11 songs), his fingers felt a bit stiff, he plays quite well throughout the very enjoyable music. The final results are full of strong melodies, stirring rhythms, exciting ensembles, and lots of variety. The instrumentation differs on each track, with plenty of solo space for D'Rivera (on both alto and clarinet), trombonist Juan-Pablo Torres (who takes "Veinte Anos" as a duet with Valdes), trumpeter Diego Urcola, and the pianist. The percussionists work together quite well behind the lead voices, and every selection is well worth hearing. This is one of the finest Afro-Cuban jazz recordings of recent times. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2010
Label: Termidor
UPC: 0821895978928
catalogNumber: 59789
Rank: 60943

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bebo Valdés   Primary Artist,Piano (Grand)
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Diego Urcola   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga,Maracas
J.P. Torres   Trombone
Gerardo Rosales   Conga,Maracas,Guiro
Joe Santiago   Bass
Gabriel Machado   Bongos,Conga,Guiro
Amadito Valdés   Timbales
Carlos Emilio Morales   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Bebo Valdés   Arranger,Composer,Musical Director
Paquito D'Rivera   Producer
Chucho Valdés   Arranger
Niño Rivera   Composer
Götz A. Wörner   Executive Producer
Maria Teresa Vera   Composer
Guillermo Alvarez   Liner Notes
Bernd Deutscher   Cover Design,Booklet Design
Markus Hintzen   Cover Photo
Johannes Wohlleben   Engineer
Christobal Diaz-Ayala   Liner Notes

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