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Valdes, Chucho / Jazz Bata 2
Album:Jazz Bata 2 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Valdes, Chucho Added:11/2018
Label:Mack Avenue 

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-11-08 
Reviewed: 2018-11-08
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: With Jazz Bata 2, composer pianist and bandleader Valdes finally follows up on an experimental album he cut in Cuba in 1972. The subject matter of both records is the folklore and religious beliefs of the Yoruba slaves shipped to the Caribbean between 1770 and 1840. Valdés also pays tribute to his father, Ramón "Bebo" Valdés, a towering figure in Cuban music, celebrating his centenary,
If You Like: Omar Sosa, Henry Threadgill, Matthew Shipp, Cecil Taylor, Chick Corea
1/ Obatala (13:55) – slow piano solo swings to midtempo> midtempo song> slow jam> bowed bass solo> piano percussion duet swings to uptempo jam, then swings wild> uptempo song – almost a chant> quick fade
**2/ Son XXI (7:35) – piano starts> slow jam builds to midtempo, then soars out into the universe> quick stop
3/ Luces (4:52) – piano starts> midtempo jam> fades to stop
*4/ Ochun (6:1uptempo jam> 5) -slow piano swings into midtempo jam with violin, then swings uptempo> piano solo> bass solo> uptempo jam> violin solo> uptempo jam> fade
*5/ Chucho’s Mood (7;13) – piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> bass/percussion duet> percussion solo> midtempo jam> quick stop
*6/ 100 Anos De Bebo (6;56) – piano starts> uptempo jam with violin> beautiful melody> violin solo> piano solo soars> uptempo jam> quick stop
7/ El Guije (4:10) – bass starts> vocal chanting> uptempo jam> chanting> quick fade & a laugh
8/ The Clown (6:10) – piano solo with shifting tempos & melodies> quick stop

Track Listing
1.Obatala 5.Chucho's Mood
2.Son 21 6.100 Anon De Bebo
3.Luces 7.El Guije
4.Ochun 8.The Clown