Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
14 Nov 2017
‘Tossing sly musical one-liners back and forth’ (New York Times), the meeting of Chucho Valdéz and Gonzalo Rubalcaba brings together the leading living exponents of two generations in the great Cuban piano tradition.
Valdéz is revered as the founder and composer who fuelled the fire of the seminal jazz/rock band Irakere, whilst Rubalcaba’s trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian remains a masterpiece of the art of the piano trio. Their historic relationship with the music of Cuba creates a piano duo of rare originality, with music that journeys from the popular and classical repertoire into the African-American jazz mainstream – especially the music of Thelonious Monk – and new compositions from both artists.
I was lucky enough to see Chucho’s live solo show in Ukraine this year – a blistering performance that will satisfy the hardest jazz fan while entertaining jazz-beginners. Add a SECOND Cuban piano legend onto the stage, and it’s guaranteed to be twice as good still.