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Irakere

Many of the top Cuban jazz musicians have played in Irakere during the past several decades, including altoist Paquito D'Rivera and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (before both individually defected). Pianist Chucho Valdes has been the orchestra's longtime leader, and its music ranges from Latin jazz and bop to Cuban folk melodies, with an emphasis on infectious rhythms and advanced improvisations. Several of Irakere's records have been made available domestically (including sets for Columbia and Jazz House), but the exciting band was not able to visit the United States until 1996. The album Toda Cuba Baila con Irakere followed two years later. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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rudyz1
I grew up hearing Los Irakeres along with my father's band Orquesta Broadway. Including Aragon, Los Irakeres are foundations of Cuba's music. One last bastion of freedom Cubans have.
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I agree with you guys
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Cuba Cuba Cuba nada mas podia haberse hecho esta musica en otra parte del planeta que en cubita la Bella pa que sufran los que no tienen con que........
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Chucho posee "oido absoluto" es un músico privilegiado y bendecido por el creador que a su vez nos vuelve privilegiado s a los que hemos podido disfrutar de su música con irakere
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Nuthin' like latin rhythms!!! Arturo leads the Pack.
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Saw Chuchito solo last night in Baltimore. Great performance.
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Le dijo el sapo a la rana a las olrillas del rio, No seas tan aragana tapame que tengo frio.....
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Had the opportunity to see Valdes in live performance several years ago. The only way to describe the experience are using these words: Intense, fun, exhilarating , awe inspiring ... simply magical yet very real! He knows his way around the piano and has a remarkable sense of what works as well as what is best left alone. He does take what could be referred to as rhythmic risks and he challenges your sense of being in the moment with him.
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I bought the best of irakere album a year ago after being introduced to them through yahoo music. All I have to say is that I have heard nothing like this in my life. It is overwhelming , brilliant, and fun, all at the same time.

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