Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

by Chucho ValdésChucho Valdés


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Pianists Arturo O'Farrill and Chucho Valdés celebrate their rich musical family legacies on 2017's ambitious, gloriously realized Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico. Although they grew up on separate shores, O'Farrill in New York (via Mexico) and Valdés in Cuba, they both came of age in musical households as the sons of legendary Cuban bandleaders Chico O'Farrill and Bebo Valdés. Along with icons like Chano Pozo, Machito, and Dizzy Gillespie, the elder O'Farrill and Valdés were giants of Afro-Cuban music. Similarly, just as their fathers helped further the dissemination and creative development of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, Arturo and Chucho are innovators in their own rights, with decades of experience playing both traditional Cuban music and ultra-modern jazz. Impressively, they bring all that history to bear on Familia, a two-disc collection featuring songs composed by their fathers, as well as new compositions inspired by their lives growing up in such deeply artistic families. Joining them here are their equally talented children, including trumpeter Adam O'Farrill, drummer Zack O'Farrill, pianist Leyanis Valdés, and drummer Jessie Valdés. Also on board are the members of Arturo O'Farrill's own Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Disc one primarily features the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and finds O'Farrill and Valdés taking a more traditional, if still dazzling approach on cuts like the merengue-infused "BeboChicoChuchoTuro" and a lushly orchestrated reading of Bebo Valdés' "Ecuacion." Also compelling are the pianist's solo turns on Chico O'Farrill's "Pianitis" and O'Farrill's homage to his parents, "Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters," which features several sparkling cadenzas from pianist Leyanis Valdés. Disc two showcases the smaller, post-bop-leaning Third Generations Ensemble, in which they explore the more progressive edges of Afro-Cuban jazz. Here, trumpeter (and third place finisher at the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition) Adam O'Farrill shines, revealing his knack for harmonically adventurous improvisation à la Woody Shaw on the kinetic and fractured "Run and Jump." Similarly, the trumpeter breathes new life into Chico O'Farrill's "Pura Emocion" framed by his father's taut, angular arrangement. Elsewhere, Zack O'Farrill contributes the expansive "Gonki Gonki" (his mother's way of describing the sound of rhythmic piano montunos) and Chucho offers the lushly virtuosic solo track "Para Chico." The sheer amount of virtuosity on display on Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico might well be overwhelming if the music itself weren't so warmly and beautifully rendered.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2017
Label: Motema Music
UPC: 0181212002294
catalogNumber: 229

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chucho Valdés   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Earl McIntyre   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Vince Cherico   Soloist
Arturo O'Farrill   Piano,Soloist
Bryan Davis   Trumpet
Frank Cohen   Trombone
Carlos Maldonado   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Anoushka Shankar   Sitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Jim Seeley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Jonathan Powell   Trumpet
Rafi Malkiel   Trombone,Euphonium
Ivan Renta   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Gregg August   Bass
Seneca Black   Trumpet,Soloist
David DeJesus   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Tony Rosa   Percussion,Conga
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Zack O’Farrill   Soloist
Tokunori Kajiwara   Trombone,Soloist
Ernesto Vega   Clarinet,Soloist
Christopher Sanchez   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Bam Bam Rodriguez   Bass
Jesús Ricardo Anduz   Trumpet,Soloist
Kali Rodríguez-Peña   Trumpet,Soloist
Robert Porcelli   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Larry Bustamante   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Leyanis Valdes   Piano,Soloist
Jessie Valdes   Soloist
Adam O' Farrill   Trumpet,Soloist

Technical Credits

Bebo Valdés   Arranger,Composer
Chucho Valdés   Arranger,Composer
James Allen   Senior Producer
Chico O'Farrill   Composer
Hilario Durán   Arranger
Arturo O'Farrill   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Musical Director
Rafa Sardina   Engineer
Ted Howe   Composer
Peter Karl   Engineer
Yasunari Rowan   Videography
Zack O’Farrill   Arranger,Composer
Kabir Sehgal   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Matt Litwin   Senior Producer
Julian Hepple   Engineer
David Levanson   Senior Producer
Saad Khan   Senior Producer
Afro Latin Jazz Alliance   Senior Producer
Travis Brown   Senior Producer
Stephen Dembitzer   Senior Producer
Teresa Barger   Senior Producer
Caitlin Levanson   Senior Producer
Jordy Freed   Publicity
Jessie Valdes   Arranger,Composer
Adam O' Farrill   Arranger,Composer

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