Chucho Valdés plays his own La Creación in Paris

Live at the Philharmonie de Paris 2021

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Chucho Valdés — Composer, pianist

Hilario Durán — Keyboards, arranger

John Beasley — Keyboards, arranger

José A. Gola — Bass guitarist, double bassist

Dafnis Prieto — Drummer

Roberto Jr. Vizcaíno — Percussionist

Erick Barbería — Principal Batá drum, singer

Yosvani González Franco — Batá drum, singer

Felipe Sarria Linares — Batá drum, singer

Yeni Valdés — Singer

Brian Lynch — Trumpeter

Etienne Charles — Trumpeter

Marcus Strickland — Alto saxophonist

Carlos Fernandez Averhoff Jr. — Tenor/saxophonist

Program notes

Live from the Philharmonie de Paris, spend a jazzy evening in the company of the extraordinary Chucho Valdés—renowned composer, dynamite pianist, expert arranger, and legendary pioneer of Afro-Cuban jazz. After 60 years on the scene, the veteran knows how to light up the stage as a soloist or bring his ingenuity into perfect harmony with an ensemble.

Valdés opens the festivities with an incredible recital, with more and more musicians coming to join him onstage in the leadup to act two: La Creación, a composition by Valdés through which he recounts the emergence of West African Yoruba culture in the Caribbean. Under the direction of the man himself, piano, drums, bass, Batà drums, Creole choir, trumpets, and saxophones present a captivating and vibrant homage to Afro-Cuban fusion, of which Valdés is one of the greatest representatives.

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