28th Oct 2014

Chucho Shows Cuban Jazz Lives On

NPR reports Afro-Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdes has released another masterpiece. With his quintet, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, it’s clear that Chucho aims to nurture and spread the message of the genre. Border-Free gives us a taste of the musical ancestry of Cuban jazz, exploring New Orleans, Santeria, the Comanches, and Africa in one stunning composition after another. Branford Marsalis makes an appearance on a couple of the songs, lending a hand to a tribute to Chucho’s father who died earlier this year. Surprisingly, the melody is not a sad one, but an upbeat song celebrating the man. Well, maybe not surprisingly, knowing Chucho. Read more here: First Listen: Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers, 'Border-Free'