Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Four decades ago, Chucho Valdes revolutionized Cuba's musical landscape as leader of the jazz ensemble Irakere, whose sound-world and arrangements remain strikingly modern to this day. For forty years, the volcanic energy of the music of Irakere, propelled by dance rhythms and symphonic orchestrations, brought to life a fantasy universe filled with untamed creatures and sounds of mythical drums. Today, at 73, Valdes demonstrates his irrepressible vigor with a re-discovery of original Irakere charts - here entrusted to the young musicians of his new band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers. Not content with reiterating old repertoire, on Tribute to Irakere - Live in Marciac, the master has reinvented and refashioned those charts into wonderful source material for a new generation of musicians.
Audio Mixer: Orestes Aguila.
Liner Note Author: Mauricio Vicent Mulet.
Recording information: Jazz In Marciac, France (08/03/2015).
Photographer: Francis Vernhet.
Translator: Mike Sklansky.
Arranger: Chucho Valdés.