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Bebo Valdés

Born in October 1918 in Quivican, Cuba, Bebo Valdés played piano from an early age and was very active as a performer, composer, arranger, and musical director at various Havana nightclubs throughout the ‘40s and into the 50s. During these years, he was also playing and arranging for numerous recording dates. Very highly regarded within the Cuban musical world, Valdés worked with many artists, including Mario Bauza and Ernesto Lecuona. With the growth of Afro-Cuban music worldwide, Valdés toured Europe and the U.S. In 1960, unhappy with the new political power in Cuba, Valdés left his homeland, taking up residence in Stockholm, Sweden in 1963.

He continued to compose and play but, despite the fact that his son Chucho Valdés had become an internationally known jazz musician, it wasn’t until the late ‘90s that he was brought back into a recording studio. Encouraged by Paquito D’Rivera, whose father was a friend of Valdés and who was also an associate of Chucho from their time together in Irakere, a session was arranged and took place in Germany. Valdés composed most of the music (much of it written in haste the day before) and played on the session; his performance was remarkably good considering the decades-long layoff from full-time performing. Also on the session with Valdés and D’Rivera were Juan-Pablo Torres (trombone), Diego Urcola (trumpet), Amadito Valdés (percussion), and Carlos Emilio Morales (guitar; ex-Irakere).

That album marked a resurgence for Valdés. His follow-up album was a trio set with Israel "Cachao" Lopez and Carlos "Patato" Valdés, although D’Rivera guested on some tracks. Valdés continued to record into the 2010s. He can be seen in the documentary film, Calle 54 (2000), in which he appears alongside numerous Latin jazz exponents, including his son Chucho, Gato Barbieri, Eliane Elias, Chico O’Farrill, and Tito Puente. The coincidental rise of interest in traditional Cuban music, prompted in part by the Buena Vista Social Club albums, played a role in Valdés’ twilight career success. Nevertheless, it was clear that as a composer he played an important part in the music of Latin America in general, and Afro-Cuban jazz in particular. Bebo Valdés died of pneumonia on 22 March 2013 in Stockholm at the age of 94. ~ Rovi Staff
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bebo Valdés And His Havana Stars

1. Babalú

2. Ven Aquí A La Realidad

3. Sasauma

4. El Cumbanchero

5. Chamizo

6. Duerme

7. Bebo's Blues

8. Special Del Bebo

9. Dile A Catalina

10. Descarga Caliente

11. La Feria De Los Siglos

12. Estoy Matizando

13. Ita Morreal

14. Cha Cha Nº 1

15. El Manisero

16. Tumbao

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Track List: Edición special del Bebo-40 grandes éxitos-

1. Bésame mucho

3. Amor eterno

4. Cactus mambo

5. Merengues, no

6. Mexico querido

7. Habana

8. Aquellos ojos verdes

9. Special del Bebo

10. Con poco coco

11. Mambo caliente

12. El manisero

15. Descarga caliente

16. Babalú

17. El cumbanchero

18. Mississippi mambo

19. Sabor

20. Tranquilo niño

21. Descarga del bebo

22. Dile a Catalina

23. La feria de los siglos

24. Estoy matizando

25. Ita morreal

26. Tumbao

27. Ven aquí a la realidad

28. Sasauma

29. Chamizo

30. Duerme

31. Bebo´s blues

33. Miramar

35. Mambo riff

36. Soy matancero

38. Zigzag mambo

39. Music box mambo

40. Tabú

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Track List: Succès musicaux Bebo Valdés

1. Al Son de la Mexicana

2. Que la Juzgue Dios

3. Smotcha Cha

4. Zigzag Mambo

5. Insensible Corazón

6. Mexico Querido

7. Lo Mismo Da

8. Amor Eterno

9. A la United Café

10. Descarga del Bebo

11. Soy Matancero

12. Mambo Riff

13. Bilongo

14. Para Que Sufras

15. Inútil Será

16. Ponme la Mano

17. Anabacoa

18. Mi Parranda

19. Mambo Caliente

20. Canto a la Habana

21. Merengues, No

22. Tabú

23. Sabor

24. A Romper el Coco

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Track List: The Essential

Disc 1

1. Estoy Matizando

2. Descarga Caliente

3. Desconfianza

4. Diane

5. Cactus Mambo

6. Miramar

7. Este Amor Nunca Lo Podré Olvidar

8. Music Boxc Mambo

9. Guempa Mambo

10. Afimayé

11. ¿A Quién Engañas?

12. Smoocha Cha

13. Hotcha Cha

14. Missisippi Mambo

15. Pan Pan Pan

16. Aprende Cha Cha Chá

17. Soy Matancero

18. Sabor

19. Estoy en el Cielo

20. Bebo Blues

Disc 2

1. Siboney

2. El Manisero

3. Special del Bebo

4. Mambo Cantabile

5. Dile a Catalina

6. Tabú

7. Una Cierta Sonrisa

8. Mayaigua

9. Mambo Time

10. El Bodeguero

11. Mambo Riff

12. Babalú

13. La Rumba Me Llama

14. Con Poco Coco

15. Big Shot Cha Cha Chá

16. El Cumbanchero

17. Persia Sha

18. Duerme

19. Allá por la Madrugasa

20. Monsieur Saieh

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Track List: Sabor de Cuba

Disc 1

1. Estoy Matizando

2. Desconfianza

3. Afimayé

4. Music Box Mambo

5. Este Amor Nunca Lo Podré Olvidar

6. Smoocha Cha

7. Pan Pan Pan

8. Aprende Cha Cha Chá

9. Soy Matancero

10. Estoy en el Cielo

11. Diane

12. Descarga Caliente

13. Cactus Mambo

14. Guempa Mambo

15. Miramar

16. ¿A Quién Engañas?

17. Hotcha Cha

18. Mississippi Mambo

19. Sabor

20. Bebo Blues

Disc 2

1. Especial del Bebo

2. Mambo Cantabile

3. Tabú

4. Mayaigua

5. El Bodeguero

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Track List: El Manisero

1. El Manisero (Mambo Son)

2. Sasauma (Mambo)

3. Babalu (Afro Cha)

4. Ita Morreal (Descarga)

5. Cha Cha No. 1 (Chachacha)

6. A Quien Engañes (Danzon)

7. Habana (Chachacha)

8. La Feria de los Siglos (Guaracha)

9. Chamizo (Guaracha)

10. Aquellos Ojos Verdes (Bolero)

11. Siempre Cantando / Chachacha

12. Masa Limpia (Mambo)

13. Tu Sabes Bien Que Te Quiro (Bolero Mambo)

14. Cha Cha No. 3 (Chachacha)

15. El Cumbanchero (Rumba)

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Track List: Afro Cuban Jazz

Disc 1

1. Cactus Mambo

2. Estoy en el Cielo

3. Bebo Blues

4. Soy Matancero

5. Sabor

6. Aprende Cha Cha Chá

7. Mississippi Mambo

8. Pan Pan Pan

9. Hotcha Cha

10. Smoocha Cha

11. ¿A Quién Engañas?

12. Este Amor Nunca Lo Podré Olvidar

13. Miramar

14. Music Box Mambo

15. Guempa Mambo

16. Afimayé

17. Desconfianza

18. Descarga Caliente

19. Estoy Matizando

20. Diane

Disc 2

1. Siboney

2. El Manisero

3. Especial del Bebo

4. Mambo Cantabile

5. Dile a Catalina

6. Tabú

7. Una Cierta Sonrisa

8. Mayaigua

9. Mambo Time

10. El Bodeguero

11. Mambo Riff

12. Babalú

13. La Rumba Me Llama

14. Con Poco Coco

15. Big Shot Cha Cha Chá

16. El Cumbanchero

17. Persia Sha

18. Duerme

19. Allá por la Madrugada

20. Monsieur Saieh

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the rhythms are inspiring makes me wanna pick up one of my percussion toys are play along latin karioke
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Esto es un caballo de musico, tremendo.
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Bebo Valdés, Peruchín, Rubén González y otros grandes pianistas cubanos han capturado la esencia de la música cubana, las escalas y ritmos africanos transformánd o s e en el mundo de las escalas y ritmos andaluces, yendo de las unas a las otras, causan gran placer y gozo en el corazón.

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