Chucho Valdés’ ‘Chucho’s Steps’ is an album recorded with the Afro-Cuban Messengers and released on August 31, 2010 by Four Quarters.
Track listing : 1.Zawinul’s Mambo (Chucho Valdés) – 11:22 . 2.Danzón (Chucho Valdés) – 09:08 . 3.Both Sides (Chucho Valdés) – 08:55 . 4.Begin to Be Good (Chucho Valdés) – 05:14 . 5.New Orleans (Chucho Valdés) – 04:43 . 6.Yansá (Chucho Valdés) – 07:50 . 7.Julián (Chucho Valdés) – 07:54 . 8.Chucho’s Steps (Chucho Valdés) – 10:51 .
Musicians : Chucho Valdés – Piano . Yaroldy Abreu Robles – Percussion, Choir . Lazaro Rivero Alarcón – Bass, Choir . Juan Carlos De Castro “Rojo” Blanco – Drums . Reynaldo Melián Álvarez – Trumpet . Carlos Miyares Hernández – Sax (Tenor) . Dreiser Durruthy Bombale – Vocals, Percussion . Yemi Menocal – Choir . Baira Fermina Ramirez – Choir . Russ Savakus – Bass Guitar .
Production Produced by Chucho Valdés . Orestes Avila – Engineer, Mastering, Mixing . Rebeca Alderete Bauta – Assistant Engineer . Amed Fernández Martínez – Assistant Engineer . Victor Cicard – Mastering .
Package : Leonardo Acosta – Liner Notes . Alejandro Pérez – Artwork, Design, Photography . Pedro Vazquez – Artwork, Design .
Recorded November 23, 2009–November 30, 2009 at Abdala studio, Havana, Cuba .
Released on August 31, 2010 by Four Quarters.
All About Jazz
The semiology contained on pianist Chucho Valdes’ magnificent Chucho’s Steps points to the character of the music before the disc has even been taken out of its sleeve. […]
The Washington Post
A surging hard-bop thrust isn’t always required. Instead, the album finds the maestro celebrating several of his favorite things with percussive authority and invention […]
Another twist on Chucho’s Steps is Valdés’ exploration of odd meter in several pieces, among them the title track, a clear sign that while we know Cuban music to be inherently danceable, this is an album to be listened to, period. […]