Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá Quartet w/ Regina Carter
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Chucho Valdés & Regina Carter
SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director

Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá Quartet

w/ Regina Carter

OCT 3–6 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Chucho Valdés w/ Jazz Batá Quartet

Oct 06, 2019
Miner Auditorium

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Original show description below.

Valdes and violinist Regina Carter are exquisite musicians who transcend genres. Friends for years, their collaboration at SFJAZZ is a natural, building upon Carter’s passionate guest performances on Valdés’ 2018 album, Jazz Bata 2. The recording, like the band itself, offers a grand synthesis: Seamlessly, it combines the Yoruban liturgical music of West Africa with popular Cuban dance rhythms and jazz.

This hybrid approach has been Valdés’s stock-in-trade for half a century. He absorbed it from his father, the composer and bandleader Bebo Valdés, and he advanced it with his groundbreaking band Irakere. A generation younger than Valdés, Carter, a native of Detroit, has followed a similar path, connecting the dots between Motown and Mali.

She “taps into a broad musical vocabulary to weave new sound tapestries,” says the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded her a “genius” award in 2006, and she “is pioneering new possibilities for the violin and for jazz.” Carter’s muse has led her from European classical music to bebop, Southern blues and Afro-Cuban folk forms. That’s why Valdés – who calls her “a genius of the violin” – asked her to record with him on Jazz Bata 2. She performs on the album’s centerpiece tracks: “100 Anos de Bebo (100 Years of Bebo),” a danzon-mambo tribute to his father, and “Ochun,” which evokes the Yoruban orisha. Also the patron saint of Cuba, Ochun is said to be the lover of the exquisite and the refined. The sweet sound of the violin is traditionally associated with Ochun. Valdés associates that sound of beauty with Regina Carter.

One of the finest jazz bands, regardless of style, in the world.

Los Angeles Times

One of the finest jazz bands, regardless of style, in the world.

Los Angeles Times

Personnel

Chucho Valdés piano
Regina Carter violin
Ramón Vazquez Martirena bass
Yaroldy Abrey Robles drums
Dreiser Durruthy Bambelé batá & vocals

His mastery as composer and player is on full display: an encyclopedic vocabulary of Afro-Cuban rhythms and an expansive palette that includes all manner of modern jazz as well as traditional classical repertoire.

The Boston Globe

Personnel

Chucho Valdés piano
Regina Carter violin
Ramón Vazquez Martirena bass
Yaroldy Abrey Robles drums
Dreiser Durruthy Bambelé batá & vocals

His mastery as composer and player is on full display: an encyclopedic vocabulary of Afro-Cuban rhythms and an expansive palette that includes all manner of modern jazz as well as traditional classical repertoire.

The Boston Globe

Watch & Listen

Chucho Valdés with Regina Carter

Ochún

Chucho Valdés and Regina Carter

100 Años de Bebo

Chucho Valdés with Regina Carter

Ochún

Chucho Valdés and Regina Carter

100 Años de Bebo