Tito Puente, Potato, Alfredo de la Fé, & Jorge Dalto Performing Bacalao Con Pan

by chipboaz on April 14, 2017

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Music is something strongly connected to the era where it originates, supplying the musicians that create it with a specific set of skills and sounds. This directly influences the way that these musicians produce music, as composers, performers, and arrangers. As these musicians move into the next era, they carry those ideals with them, sustaining some of the past, while adding new ideas. Things get interesting when they start interacting with younger musicians and trading ideas. This is when true progress in music happens – generational give and take leads to exploration, discovery, and eventually, evolution.

Today’s video features a beautiful blending of generations that plays upon some serious musicianship. The year is 1980 and we’ve got four of the top musicians in Latin music, spanning different generations. Timbalero Tito Puente and Conguero Carlos “Potato” Valdes represent the elder statesmen, bringing experience, finesse, and some serious chops to the proceedings. Although both violinist Alfredo de la Fé and pianist Jorge Dalton brought heavy duty musicality to the stage, they were both young in age and in their careers. Getting all four of these musicians on stage creates a beautiful push and pull that results in an explosive exchange of musical ideas. In this exciting setting, the musicians choose to look forward with music from one of the era’s most cutting edge Latin groups, Irakere. They choose the group’s dance anthem, “Bacalao Con Pan,” and perform it with a combination of ideas from the past and present. There’s an inspiring mix of generations on stage in both the musicians and repertoire – this is an unforgettable performance!

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Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
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