Remembering A Legend: Emiliano Salvador Playing A Puerto Padre

by chipboaz on May 18, 2017

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For those of us that have spent the last few decades in the United States, there are definite holes in our connection to the development of music in Cuba. Political situations have restricted travel to the island, and the presence of Cuban musicians in the States. During the sixties and seventies especially, we got brief moments when information, recordings, and musicians would come into our view, but there’s no doubt – we missed a lot of great music. Things are a little different now; between a much more liberal policy towards the country in combination with the increased communication afforded by the internet, U.S. residents are able to keep track of current Cuban music, communicate with musicians, and look back into music of the past. I can’t help but believe though that there’s so much music that happened in Cuba over the past decades that U.S. residents still haven’t heard.

One Cuban musician that made a huge impact upon the island’s jazz scene, but still remains far too unknown in the States is pianist Emiliano Salvador. After studying at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Salvador worked with songwriters Pablo Milanes and Silvio Rodriguez, gaining some notoriety on the island. He began recording his own jazz albums, with musicians like Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval, creating a stunning collection of music. Unfortunately, Salvador faced political and cultural challenges that prevented him from taking his music too far into the world. Unfortunately, much of it got lost in the political shuffle of Cuba in the seventies, and he passed away in the nineties. There has a been a push among many musicians to get Salvador’s music into the world, and granted, there’s much more awareness than there was during his lifetime. In many people’s minds though, he doesn’t sit among the legends that we typically associate with Latin Jazz, a fact that seems greatly unfair. So today’s video feature is dedicated to Salvador and features him playing one of his classic compositions, “A Puerto Padre” – start here and then dig deeper, Emiliano Salvador is certainly a musician to remember.

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