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Live at the Vlage Vanguard [Live]Chucho Valdes Album Features UPC: 724352073023 Artist: Jesus "Chucho" Valdes Format: Release Year: 2000 Record Label: Blue Note Genre: Jazz Instrument, Latin Track Listing1. Anabis2. Son XXI (Para Pia)3. Punto Cubano4. My Funny Valentine5. To Bud Powell6. Drume Negrita7. Como Traigo la Yuca8. Ponle la Clave9. Encore-Lorraine's Habanera Detas Playing Time: 63 min. Distributor: EMI Music Distribution Recording Type: Live Recording Mode: Stereo SPAR Code: n/a Album NotesPersonnel: Chucho Valdes (piano); Mayra Caridad Valdes (vocals); FranciscoRubio Pampin (acoustic bass); Raul Pineda Roque (drums); Roberto Vizcaino Gulot (congas, bata drums).Recorded live at the Vlage Vanguard, New York, New York on Apr 9 & 10, 1999. Includes liner notes by Zoe Anglesey.LIVE AT THE VLAGE VANGUARD won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.Personnel: Chucho Valdés (piano); Mayra Caridad Valdés (vocals); Francisco Rubio Pampin (acoustic bass); Raúl Píñeda Roque (drums); Roberto Vizcaino Gulot (congas).Liner Note Author: Zoe Anglesey.Recording information: The Vlage Vanguard, New York, NY (04/09/1999/04/10/1999); Vlage Vanguard, New York, NY (04/09/1999/04/10/1999).Photographer: Richard Laird.Blue Note's alert microphones were present at Chucho Valdés's historic 1998 debut at the hallowed Vlage Vanguard, the results haven't officially landed in our machines yet. But the mikes were there, alright, the following year -- and they caught some virulent Cuban tempests (as the announcer warns, accurately, "There's a hurricane approaching from the Caribbean"). Yet the heat was turned up so much on Valdés's previous studio albums that the presence of a live audience only increases the temperature slightly here. Once again, Valdés's command of the keyboard is so technically staggering as to be stupefying, and he liberally throws in quotes from just about everything he ever absorbed -- from Chopin and Debussy to the Gershwins, Cec Taylor and avant-garde strumming of the piano strings. He has so powerful an individual identity that "To Bud Powell" is more about Chucho than the late bop pianist. Yet the best, most fun track on the , "Punto Cubano," gives credence to the old saw about less being more. But mostly around a simple tonic-dominant vamp; it has a Jarrett-like directness of melody and irresistible swing, though Chucho stl isn't loath to turn on the big guns when desired. The long-running rhythm section of Francisco Rubio Pampin (bass), Raúl Pineda Roque (drums), and Roberto Vizcaino Gulót (congas), keeps Chucho all stoked up and steaming throughout the set. Also Valdés's sister, Mayra Caridad, lends a husky Miriam Makeba-sized voice to the not-so-peaceful lullaby "Drume Negrita." This is yet another excellent addition to the distinguished line of eventful Vlage Vanguard live sessions, brought to you through the politically neutral resources of EMI Music Canada. ~ Richard S. Ginell MINT E' COME NUOVO