Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers
The Grammy Award–winner Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés combines the influences of musicians such as Art Tatum, Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner with Afro-Cuban roots and a blazing technique.
Over his four-decade career he has established the groundbreaking jazz-rock-concerto-dance ensemble Irakere, won a Grammy for his recording Live at the Village Vanguard and garnered further Grammy nominations for albums exploring Afro-Cuban rhythmic and religious heritages. Fantasia Cubana, produced by the late classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein's producer Max Wilcox and dedicated by Valdés to Leo Brower, the Cuban classical guitarist with whom he has frequently worked, unfolds what the pianist calls "a Chucho-ization of classic pieces—my speculations on how their composers might enjoy them, or themselves change them, to reflect the impact of the 20th century."
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