Bebo Valdes | Bebo Rides Again

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Bebo Rides Again

by Bebo Valdes

Great afro-cuban jazz with Bebo Valdes, Paquito D'Rivera, Juan Pablo Torres and others.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. A la Marchere
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3:40 album only
2. Al Dizzy Gillespie
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4:56 album only
3. Anda
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4:52 album only
4. Felicia
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5:16 album only
5. La Comparsa
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4:52 album only
6. Oleaje
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1:57 album only
7. Pa' Goza'
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4:22 album only
8. Pan con Timba
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6:56 album only
9. Pierre Jamballah
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5:31 album only
10. To Mario Bauza
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6:03 album only
11. Veinte Anos
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3:34 album only
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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.
After this album, Bebo went on to play in "El Arte del Sabor" which won him his first Grammy, he came back in the film "Calle 54", another Grammy winner. Bebo and Flamenco great "El Cigala" teamed up for "Lagrimas Negras" a double Grammy Winner, followed by "Bebo de Cuba", again a Grammy Winner. 5 and counting. He just won (Nov. 2nd, 2006) the Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental CD for his album "Bebo".
And to think all this started when he was 76! He is currently 88 and looking forward to his next recordings.


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Gerardo Rosales

Bebo Rides Again
Bebo Valdes
Bebo Rides Again!
CD (Universal/Pimienta 360615), Released 1995; Re-Issued 2004
Editor's Pick:
Back in stock. When originally released in 1995 on the Messidor label this was Bebo's first new release in 30 years! With Carlos "Patato" Valdés, Paquito D'Rivera, Juan-Pablo Torres, Amadito Valdes,Gerardo Rosales and many others.
Highly Recommended. (BP, 2004-05-07)
Reviews:
"One of the most fresh and original Latin jazz CDs of this decade. Bebo Valdes is a prolific composer and wonderful pianist. Here he works with a range of musicians some of whom live in Cuba like Amadito Valdes and others based in New York. Great guitar work by Carlos Emilio Morales." (Raul Fernandez 98/99 Catalog)
"This is his most recent work, put together by Paquito D'Rivera, and it's a masterpiece." (Phil Riggio 98/99 Catalog)
"The legendary bandleader, composer, pianist and father of Irakere's Chucho comes out of retirement for a tasty jam session in Frankfurt. Maria Teresa Vera's 'Veinte Años' (with Juan Pablo Torres on trombone) and Lecuona's 'Comparsa' (with Carlos Emilio on guitar and Patato on bongos) are standouts. 'Oleaje' the final selection on the album, is a moving farewell from an Old Master in winter. " (Nat Chediak 96/97 Catalog)

Song titles include:
Al Dizzy Gillepsie 4:57
Anda 4:51
Pa' Goza 4:23
Felicia 5:20
La Comparsa 4:53
A La Marcheré 3:41
Pan Con Timba 6:57
Veinte Años 3:36
Pierre Jamballah 5:31
To Mario Bauza 6:03
Oleaje 1:59
Musicians include:
Bebo Valdés Grand piano
Paquito D'Rivera Alto saxophone, clarinet
Diego Urcola Trumpet, flugelhorn
Juan-Pablo Torres Trombone
Carlos Emilio Morales Electric guitar
Joe Santiago Bass
Carlos "Patato" Valdés Congas, bongo
Gabriel Machado Bongo, congas
Gerardo Rosales congas,bongo,maracas Guiro
Amadito Valdés Timbales