||Bebo Rides Again CD (1994) |
Juan-Pablo Torres music CDs All songs written by Bebo Valdes except "Pa' Goza" (Nino Rivera), "La Comparsa" (Ernesto Lecuona) and "Veinte Anos" (Maria Teresa Vera).
This CD is both historic and quite exciting. Bebo Valdes (father of Chucho, the leader of Irakere) was one of the giants of Cuban jazz and popular music until he fled the country in 1960. Amazingly enough, he had not recorded since, despite living peacefully in Sweden. This recording is also significant in that it is one of the first times that Cuban exiles had recorded with Cubans still living under Castro (guitarist Carlos Emilio Morales and percussionist Amadito Valdes). Paquito D'Rivera (who organized this set) deserves a lot of credit for its success, but Valdes is the real star. He composed eight new selections in ...