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Tony Perez: From Enchantment and Timba…to Full Force Jazz

Tony Perez is a 28-year-old pianist from Sancti Sp¡ritus, Cuba, who was handpicked by Chucho Valdes in 1998 to lead Irakere when the founder retired from the group. On Perez’s second solo album, From Enchantment and Timba…to Full Force Jazz, navigates a picturesque voyage through many styles of Latin and jazz music.

Truly the enchantments of this CD are Perez’s impeccable Latin-piano chops and well-tempered jazz harmonies with a classical edge. A rendition of Tito Puente’s “Picadillo” opens the CD and it shows Perez can montuno with the best of them. Perez’s “Encanto” follows with a solo piano minuet introduction that exhibits the influential imprints of Chucho Valdes and Emiliano Salvador.

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