Music Share: Bebo Valdés

I'm enjoying just about everything from Bebo Valdés right now. He was a pianist, arranger, and band leader in pre-revolution Cuba. He arranged high energy big band songs like this, Bilongo sung by Rolando Laserie:

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Valdés left Cuba for Europe and continues to record today. I especially enjoy his solo piano work where you hear echoes of his time at the Tropicana like Cuba Linda from his 2006 album Bebo:

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See also on YouTube: Americana from his Blanco y Negro concert. You can find more of his early big band songs on Guapachá con Bebo Valdés y sus Amigos.