"Vivencias en Clave Cubana" is the debut solo album of Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, a member of the Familia Valera Miranda, a century-old group and one of the most important purveyors of the Son Cubana. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Chick Corea through cassette tapes while in school and those jazz inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and beautiful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, reknowned Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, Valera and his exciting ensemble pair 12 original songs with beautiful instrumental work in ways that will make you dance, laugh, and possibly shed a tear. Cuba's traditional music has a history of constant evolution from its very beginnings. With "Vivencias en Clave Cubana," Kiki Valera continues in that spirit.
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While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.
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We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together

Artist:   Bebo Valdes

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Latin Jazz 2006 14 0


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01  We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together
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4:35 classic duets of violin & piano
Ferederico Britos & Bebo Valdés
02  Bakiff
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4:03 -
03  My One And Only Love
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5:21 -
04  La Rosita
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05  Noche Azul
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06  Someone To Watch Over Me
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5:57 -
07  Claudia
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08  I Only Have Eyes For You
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09  Adios Nonino
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10  The Way You Look Tonight
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11  Luiza
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12  Waltz For Debbie
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13  Cancion
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14  Together
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The title says it all. Pianist & arranger Bebo Valdés and violinist Federico Britos, two masters of jazz and Latin-American music, join forces to create a musical oasis at the dawn of the 21rst century. This duet date appeals to the senses with the discretion of a hushed murmur and the sweep of a full-blown symphony.

BEBO: The great cuban pianist turns a new page in one of his most intimate recordings. It's though as he were playing for his personal enjoyment in the confines of his own study in Stockholm. The only admissible company is his unflailing musical instinct and the inspired violin of Federico Britos. Nothing else is needed. Halfway through the repertoire he plays homage to his own son Chucho. The younger Valdés can be accorded no higher form of recognition.

BRITOS: He travels to Havana from his native Montevideo in the whirlwind sixties, with the lilting sway of bossa nova on the bow of his violin. There he soaks up cuban music for the masters in all its infinite variety. In the US he becomes concertmaster of the Miami Symphony and records with Cachao and Charlie Haden. Eclectic as always he joins the Hot Club USA and the Haitiando Fusion Ensemble. Danzón by Six is the name of his traditional cuban charanga band. He has recorded in a variety of settings, most notably joining Afro-Uruguayan camdombe with jazz. On featured track here is the danza called "Together" to celebrate his musical rendezvous with maestro Valdés.