Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers Live at Soka University

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Chucho Valdes 2Cuba’s foremost pianist Chucho Valdés – winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards – has developed a brand new repertoire. Boasting a new line-up for his band, The Afro-Cuban Messengers, and a guest appearance from saxophonist Branford Marsalis on three tracks, his new album, Border-Free takes us through an eclectic range of pieces. His dazzling virtuosity as a pianist, his prodigious talents as a composer and his ingenious arrangements unite to create a music that enthralls.

“The connotation of the music of Chucho Valdés being Border-Free, from soul to finger-tips, is that idiom and metaphor melt—one into the other—and that lines are blurred; so much so that the imagery and sound of musical topography of continents merge in a singular, beautiful song. In Spanish the title of this record is Sin Fronteras–without frontier, almost as if the sound, the image… and the very narrative of the music has no frontier or boundary.” – Raul da Gama

Chucho Valdés: Piano; Rodney Barreto: Drums; Gastón Joya: Bass; Yaroldy Abreu: Percussion; Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé: Batás and vocals.