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Valdés, Chucho & The Afro-Cuban Messengers / Border-Free
Album:Border-Free Collection:Jazz
Artist:Valdés, Chucho & The Afro-Cuban Messengers Added:07/2013
Label:Jazz Village 

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Add Date:2013-07-28 Pull Date:2013-09-29 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2013-07-28 
CHUCHO VALDÉS & THE AFRO-CUBAN MESSENGERS: Border-Free
Jazz Village, 2013

LATIN JAZZ – Cuban piano master Valdés leads a sextet through what sounds like a very personal set, with tributes to his departed parents, ancestors, and musical heroes. The wild piano pyrotechnics are mostly held in check, bursting through only on the longer cuts, but he pulls the group in twisty directions throughout, set against an ace rhythm section. Branford Marsalis adds some extra juice to 3,4,8. Good stuff.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8

1. 9:13 – uptempo romp: strong rhythm holds steady, piano tumbles all over
2. 6:28 – warm nostalgic ballad: very sweet melody, classical ending
3. 9:50 – classic tune, relaxed and sultry, nice percussion in second half!
4. 7:49 – tribute to Bebo Valdés: an optimistic glide, nice horn/piano solos
5. 11:57 – tribute to Native Americans exiled to Cuba in the 1800s: moody intro, then a series of bold sketches; Afro-Cuban ending w/vocal
6. 10:05 – tribute to Chucho’s mother, a melancholy and drifting duo/trio with bits of Bach and Miles Davis mixed in
7. 6:25 – midtempo jazzy wiggle based on a flamenco, hard rhythm later on
8. 9:07 – a Moroccan-Cuban mashup: mysterious intro, then fast percussion with driving/whirling piano, little horn fanfares, bass solo, exotic sax

[ Fo ] - 28 July 2013

Track Listing
1.Congadanza 5.Afro-Comanche
2.Caridad Amaro 6.Pilar
3.Tabú 7.Santa Cruz
4.Bebo 8.Abdel