Chucho Valdez: You Don’t Know What Love Is


You Don’t Know What Love Is


Chucho Valdes (piano)


New Conceptions (Blue Note 40496)

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Chucho Valdes (piano),

Roman Filiu O’Reilly (alto saxophone), Yaroldy Abreu Robles (congas), Lazaro Rivero Alarcon (bass), Ramses Rodriguez Baralt (drums)


Composed by Don Raye; arranged by Jesus “Chucho” Valdes


Recorded: May 2003


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

As one of the most seminal figures in Latin jazz, pianist Jesus “Chucho” Valdes has been at the forefront of Latin American music innovation for over forty years. A founding member of Irakere, Valdes is one of three in a family of Cuban pianists (along with his father, Bebo, and son, “Chuchito”). This Blue Note album features reinterpretations of Cuban and American jazz standards. “You Don’t Know What Love Is” is arranged as a mambo, layered with polyrhythms and showcasing Valdes’s pianistic talent, along with an alto saxophone solo by Roman Filiu O'Reilly. Even the definition of mambo is challenged as the group settles into a funk-rock groove as the track progresses.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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