Chucho Valdes

Jazz Batá 2 (Mack Avenue )

Chucho Valdés Revisits seminal 1972 Recording with a sequel 46 Years Later

Jazz Batá 2, composer, pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés’ first album for Mack Avenue Records, marks a new peak of creativity for the artist, even as it revisits the small-group concept of his 1972 Cuban album Jazz Batá.  That album upon release was originally considered experimental at the time, but the trio project – featuring no drum set and two virtuosi who would subsequently be charter members of Irakere: Carlos del Puerto (bass) and Oscar Valdés (batâ: the sacred, hourglass-shaped drums of the Yoruba religion in Cuba) – would now be considered contemporary.

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Chucho Valdés / piano
Yelsy Heredia / double bass
Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé / batás and vocals
Yaroldy Abreu Robles / percussion

Guest Artist:
Regina Carter / violin (“Ochún” and “100 Años de Bebo” only)

Track Listing

  1. Obatalá
  2. Son XXI
  3. Luces
  4. Ochún
  5. Chucho's Mood
  6. 100 Años de Bebo
  7. El Güije
  8. The Clown

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