The Town Hall presents Chucho Valdés
Playing selections from his new album, Border-Free
Produced in association with the
Blue Note Jazz Festival
Friday, June 21, 2013
The Town Hall
123 W 43 St
Border-Free expands Valdes’ stylistic palette beyond the realm of Latin jazz by moving closer to the roots of Afro-Cuban music (including Yoruba chanting), as well as incorporating elements of flamenco and Arab-Andalusian music (reflecting his recent years spent in Spain) and Native American music, especially Comanche rhythms. Using a streamlined ensemble – plus special guest Branford Marsalis – and placing his piano more front-and-center, the new recording is a major turning point in the pianist’s lengthy career.