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Chucho Valdes/Irakere: Babalu Aye

Originally recorded for the Cuban state label Egrem, this disc and the subsequent, and richly compelling Yemaya released by Blue Note last year, marked Chucho Valdes’ Irakere swan song. The ensemble that brought Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and perhaps most potently, the maestro Chucho Valdes, is now in the capable hands of Valdes’ eldest son, keyboardist Chuchito.

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