The definitive guide to Latin jazz
by two masters of the genre!
Decoding Afro-Cuban Jazz is, at the same time:
A unique treasure for all lovers of Latin music!
Included in this book are:
Referenced Audio Recordings
I finally got a chance to play with Chucho in Cuba and I’ve always considered that one of the greatest moments of my career. He is a giant walking the earth.”
— Christian McBride, bassist, bandleader and composer
Wow! What a read. Part historical, part technical and completely soulful. It has a permanent place on my bookshelf.”
— Tim Jackson, Artistic Director, Monterey Jazz Festival
Beautifully synthesizes Chucho's life, career and music, helping us to understand and celebrate the cultural and historical significance of his contribution, while giving us some lessons in Afro-Cuban music.”
— Simon Rowe, Executive Director, RJAM program, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Cuban pianist, composer, and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. In a career spanning more than 60 years, both as a solo artist and bandleader, Mr. Valdés has distilled elements of the Afro-Cuban music tradition, jazz, classical music, rock, and more, into a deeply personal style. Winner of seven GRAMMY® and five Latin GRAMMY® Awards, Mr. Valdés, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Science last year and was also inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.