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In the eight pieces that comprise this album -- all but one originals -- the lines that define the limits of traditions and styles blur and disappear. There are nods to flamenco and the Gnawa music of Morocco, but also to the ritual rhythms of the Orishas, the deities of the Afro-Cuban ... Read more in Amazon's Chucho Valdes Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: World Village
  • ASIN: B003NHVWK4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Las Dos Caras (Both Sides) 8.54
2. Danzón 9.07
3. Zawinul s Mambo 11.21
4. Begin To Be Good 5.12
5. New Orleans 4.42
6. Yansá 7.49
7. Julián 7.52
8. Chucho s Steps 10.52

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The Cuban pianist/composer s latest project delivers the ensemble flamboyance, rhythmic verve and dig-in-deep solos that were a trademark of the flagship Cuban orchestra Irakere in the 1980s. The tight and tricky themes are now delivered by two ultra-sharp and soulful horns and the web of rhythms is spun by drums and a single percussionist but if anything the excitement and melodrama is more intense and there is the same panorama of references Joe Zawinul s world fusion, New Orleans and Cuba s African heritage are all name-checked. --Mike Hobart , Financial Times, 6/7 November 2010

Embarking from an old school dance rhythm, Danzón mixes fluent soloing from Valdés and tenor sax Carlos Miyares Hernandez, while Zawinul s Mambo reworks Weather Report s Birdland with breathtaking bravado --Mark Hudson, 21 Jan 2011 , Daily Telegraph

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 3 Jan. 2011
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Having caught this band at a jazz festival last year, I was keen to get hold of this record. Chucho Valdes has produced a band with a tenor and trumpet front line somewhat modelled on Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Whilst the kind of Hard Bop produced by Blakey has rather had it's day, Valdes uses the same "take no prisioners" approach to his own ensemble but laden with percussion, this is a Latin extravaganza that does not want to rest in it's laurels and remain in one idiom througout it's duration. Instead, Valdes kicks things off with a reworking of Joe Zawinul's "Birdland" with plenty of percussion exchanges before exploring more standard latin fair and even some Cecil Taylor-esque excursions that demonstrate that with a technique as good as his, it is possible to play anything. I liked the track "New Orleans" which eventually morphs into the kind of contemporary "Trad" performed by the likes of Wynton Marsalis. The firt time I heard this, I just wanted to play this track again as the development in the music was so unexpected. Elsewhere, Valdes does things like improvising two , separate improvised lines with both the left and right hands.

With a towering genius like Valdes, the horn players tend to get over-looked although I think the tenor player is particularly good. It is just that Valdes is a complete monster on his instrument with total technical command and the ability to switch into any idiom at short notice.

The whole record is extremely enjoyable and will be guaranteed to have you pressing the replay button. I expected this CD to be good but it is far more entertaining than I imagined, matching the great fun you get from his live performances. Easily one of the best jazz albums of 2010 and probably the more enjoyable. Recommended.
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By MIKE on 7 Jan. 2011
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This CD can be highly recommended to any lover of jazz, particularly of the Afro-Cuban variety. The band swings with verve
and vivacity. The selection played is well chosen, providing great contrast and variety in melodies,rhythms and moods.It
presents a veritable feast of musical riches. Bravo,Maestro Valdes !!!
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By aggman on 24 Jan. 2011
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this was a casual buy, but I struck very lucky, it still amazes me how many great musicians are out there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A tour de force ! 13 Oct. 2010
By fajou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard Chucho and his band perform this music at the SF Jazz Festival recently. Chucho was fantastic, the music spans a broad spectrum of musical traditions, and each member of his 8-piece ensemble plays impeccably both individually and as part of this very, very rhythmically orchestrated tour de force of a world-class and inspirational set of music. Highly recommended.
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Excellent, as expected 4 Dec. 2010
By Alex77 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love Latin Jazz and brilliant piano playing, this album delivers. However, I have to admit I like every Chucho album I've ever heard.
Huge fan 23 Jan. 2013
By Dolores Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Chucho and heard him do this album live. The recording doesn't match the LIVE performance but it is close enough to take me back to the live experience.
this is a great mix of music 8 Sept. 2014
By Renee D. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A variety of moods and rhythms, this is a great mix of music. I love it!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Chucho's New Sound 12 Dec. 2010
By Ronald D. Sanfield - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice collection of tunes here... Chucho is branching out into different musical voices. He is a true virtuoso of jazz piano, and can execute in all rhythms, lyrical lines, styles of play, etc...
If you ever get the chance to see him in person, take it.
He gives 125% on stage!
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