A Rare Gem: Chucho Valdés Quartet At The Havana Jazz Festival In 1998

by chipboaz on July 10, 2017

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Today’s LJC Video Feature lets us take a look at one of my favorite musicians in an interesting time period, Chucho Valdés and his quartet in 1998. At this point, Cuban musicians were on the verge of a new era where artistic exchange between the United States and Cuba was once again possible. Valdés had just released the first of his many albums on the Blue Note label, Bele Bele en la Habana, which had been very well received. The previous year, he had participated in Roy Hargrove’s Cristol project, taking the jazz world by storm with a ferocious performance on their album Habana. Many years after Irakere had aggressively grabbed the attention of the United States, Valdés was earning the Stateside ears as a solo artists. Of course, he was a legend on the island, where he was seen as a leader of Cuban Jazz. Despite all this acclaim and attention, there’s very little record of his live performances during this time, which is a bit surprising. So this video of Valdés and his Quartet performing at the Havana Jazz Festival in 1998 – with special guests David Sanchéz and Roy Hargrove – is a rare gem. Enjoy!

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