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Chucho Valdes: Briyumba Palo Congo

As Paquito D’Rivera says in the June 1999 issue of JazzTimes, Valdes has a very drum-oriented approach to the piano. A brilliant player, the Cuban keyboard man and co-founder of Irakere is joined on his third Blue Note album by bassist Francisco Rubio, drummer Raul Pineda and conga drummer Roberto Vizcaino Guillot. Through rhythmic superimposition, Valdes is able to make cogent transitions from calm, floating chordal passages to intense, driving, octave-voiced lines. Guillot is often a catalyst in this process.

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