(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) San Sebastian, Spain – Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, his son Chucho, and the band “Irakere”, along with Spanish Flamenco singer Diego Jiménez Salazar “El Cigala”, brought Latin vibes and emotion to the fourth night of the 38th edition of San Sebastian Jazz Festival. It was a special moment for the Valdés family, who united once again on the stage, and also for “El Cigala” who had always wanted to meet Bebo’s son.
Bebo Valdés and Jiménez performed at Trinidad Square, an emblematic jazz spot in this city, the album they recorded together, Lágrimas Negras (Black Tears). The work is an approximation of flamenco to bolero, produced by Spanish moviemaker Fernando Trueba, director of Calle 54.Berbo Valdés, legend of the golden years of Cuban music, was applauded by the more than 3,000 people when he stepped on the stage at the sold-out event. “Lágrimas Negras” was the last bolero performed, in a show that included songs such as “Corazón Loco” and “La Bien Pagá.” Nobody wanted them to stop, but the following act was gratifying: Playing with his former band Irakere, Chucho Valdés showed he knows how to continue his father’s music legacy.
Buy Chucho Valdes’ CDs: New Conceptions, Solo Piano,
Briyumba Palo Congo,
Fantasia Cubana: Variations on Classical Themes, Yemayá, Afrocubanismo Live!, Bele Bele en La Habana, Live at the Village Vanguard, Babalu Ayé, and Desafios (with Omara Portuondo,
Solo: Live in New York ,Lucumí,
Pianissimo, Unforgettable Boleros, Live in Cuba, Cuban Jazz Pianissimo, Indestructible (Irakere), En Vivo (with Irakere and Ivan Lins), Invitacion, and Canciones Inéditas
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.