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Briyumba Palo Congo
Chucho Valdes
Briyumba Palo Congo
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
 
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Chucho Valdés's piano-led recordings are studies in musical tension and dialogues. On Briyumba Palo Congo, he enlists a pair of percussionists, and Raúl Pineda Roque, the trap drummer, shares with Valdés a smolder that tur...  more »

      

CD Details

All Artists: Chucho Valdes
Title: Briyumba Palo Congo
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 6/8/1999
Release Date: 6/8/1999
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Cuba, Latin Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724349891722, 724349891753

Synopsis

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Chucho Valdés's piano-led recordings are studies in musical tension and dialogues. On Briyumba Palo Congo, he enlists a pair of percussionists, and Raúl Pineda Roque, the trap drummer, shares with Valdés a smolder that turns to conflagration when their tense interplays burst. Of course much of the fire is locked into the percussion dialogues where patterned drumming inspires improvisation amid fairly strict rhythmic controls. Valdés runs away from the pack in spots, shuffling across the keyboard leaving a wake of chromatic color. Roque does the same, exploding on his drums in fits of even tempos and being tugged back into the Cuban rhythmic rumble promptly by Roberto Vizcaíno Guillót's conga and batá drums, if not Valdés's own hyperimaginative harmonic runs. This is certainly not as flashy as Gonzalo Rubalcaba's dazzling explosions, and with the title suite's choral and vocal exclamations, it's rooted much more solidly in Afro-Cuban traditions. With his medium-hot pacing and his ability to blow solos wide open, it's clear that Valdés's years in Irakere barely prepared the ears for piano work of this magnitude. --Andrew Bartlett

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CD Reviews

Stunning
SETH M KLEINMAN | washington, dc United States | 07/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Quite simply stunning. Essentially flawless, the only criticism I can think of is that his effortless genius is intimidating. Moving, challenging, reeking of musicality, rythmic greatness."
Briyumba Palo Congo is brilliant
Bradley Chodos Irvine | Seattle, WA United States | 12/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Like most of the music Chucho Valdez plays in whatever the setting - solo, with Irakere, with Roy Hargrove's band, or with his own jazz quartet, this recording is full of brilliant playing both from Chucho and from the percussionists. The guy is a giant and effortlessly connects the African roots of jazz to the traditional. A beautiful record and one worth savoring."
Piano work
Arthur Manukyan | Los Angeles, Ca. USA | 09/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another great pice of work from one of the masters of Cuban music. Bebo Valdes a master pianist brings us the wonderfull and rich world of the Cuban culture through his music. Bebo is second generation musician and is succeeded buy his son Chucho Valdés the gentle giant and the best Latin piano player today. Album is a deffinate keeper and a wonderfull addition to your collection."