An Indestructible Bond: Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera have maintained a decades-long musical friendship

After 40 years of distance and silence, old friends and bandmates Paquito D’Rivera and Chucho Valdés have reunited, recorded a new album, and are readying to perform together again. “I’m so proud,” says alto saxophonist, clarinetist and composer D’Rivera in a conversation at Valdés’ house following the final rehearsal for the recording sessions in January.

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