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Bebo Valdes: Bebo de Cuba

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Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Bebo Valdes is blossoming again. After decades of near obscurity, the 87-year-old Valdes’ mus-ic and his crucial role in the narrative of 20th-century Cuban music history are being discovered by a new generation of fans, thanks to Spanish film maker Fernando Trueba’s 2000 documentary Calle 54 and last year’s Lagrimas Negras project with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala. However, the sumptuous two-CD and DVD Bebo de Cuba shows off the living master to dazzling effect, making clear Valdes’ still-brilliant virtuosity and empathy.

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