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Irakere Featuring Chucho Valdés: Yemaya

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Originally released on the Cuban state label Egrem in 1997, this session likely marks the Irakere swan song for Chucho Valdes. These days Chucho is more heavily invested in his piano work than in leading this stellar aggregation, a task he has relinquished to son and keyboardist Francisco (“Chuchito”). Based on evidence at the nightly jams at the Riviera at December’s Jazz Plaza festival in Havana, Irakere will be in good hands.

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