Irakere featuring Chucho Valdes: Yemay
"La Explosión" takes off with exciting solos by trumpet, electric guitar, and keyboard. "Mr. Bruce" is dedicated to Blue Note’s president Bruce Lundvall, and honors respectively with a clear example of Valdés’ keyboard magic. Although the album presents hot Latin jazz from a percussive Afro-Cuban framework, everything depends on the pianist for a focus. Were Valdés working with an acoustic model, his exemplary performance would surely sound better. However, on Yemayá the leader is working with an electronic keyboard that simply fails to provide the necessary percussive element.
Track Listing: Yemay
Personnel: Chucho Vald
Record Label: Blue Note Records