Cuban jazz legend Bebo Valdés is in charge of this wonderful soundtrack for Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal's animated film about the romance between a singer and a pianist, set in La Havana and New York of the '40s and '50s. In addition to Valdés, the main performers include Freddy Cole, Jimmy Heath, Idania Valdés, Germán Velasco, and Amadito Valdés, in a collection of both originals and jazz and bolero standards arranged by Michael Philip Mossman. Estrella Morente sings the main title song, "Lily."
In 2003, the venerable Afro-Cuban pianist Ramon "Bebo" Valdés teamed with the modern Spanish flamenco singer Diego "El Cigala" Salazar for an incredible fusion of pan-Latin styles on their Grammy Award-winning album LÁGRIMAS NEGRAS. Directed by Spanish director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE, CALLE 54), BLANCO Y NEGRO EN VIVO presents a visual companion to LÁGRIMAS NEGRAS with a 19-song live performance recorded in Mallorca in June 2003, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album.
2008 live release from two Jazz legends: pianist Bebo Valdes and bassist Javier Colina. Recorded at the Village Vanguard in New York, this set finds the pair playing a fusion of Latin, Caribbean and American Jazz, which has, over the years, become the unique sound of Cuban Jazz. Apart from self-penned Valdes tunes, the pair also tackle Bill Evans' 'Waltz For Debby', amongst other covers, adding their own indelible stamp to the proceedings. From America to Cuba and back again, Live At The Vanguard takes you to places as only authentic Jazz music can.
In 2009 Chucho Valdes, a pianist, instrumentalist, and composer who already had four Grammy Awards and is regarded by specialists as one of the top four jazz players of the world, won the Grammy in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album. He shared the award with his father, Bebo Valdes, with the album Juntos Para Siempre (Together Forever). Father and son, both Cuban piano virtuosos and exceptionally talented composers got together to record this example of their musical greatness after their tour “Juntos para siempre” in Spain.
An excellent Latin Jazz double album by cuban legend Bebo Valdes. The first disc is an eight-suite big band opus entitled Suite Cubana. Among others "Cachao, Creator del Mambo," pays tribute to the influential cuban musician, while the processional pulsations on "Nocturno en Batanga" features the engaging rhythm Valdes created in the '50s. The second disc, El Solar de Bebo (Bebo's Place) showcases the pianist in a smaller octet setting. With more room to swing, Valdes's profound pianisms percolate on the Haitianized joropo beats on "Iballah," and the infectious "La Mula."