Album Details

RELEASE
November 01, 2005
LABEL
La Escondida
GENRES
Latin, World Fusion, Cuban Traditions, Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz

Album Review

It's not that Chucho Valdés' Virtuoso fails to dazzle -- this is the same swift-fingered Valdés who plunked and pounded so appealingly alongside Buena Vista Social Club, after all -- but it does take a couple of weird turns. The first several tracks land on unsuspecting ears like lullabies, the trouble there being not that they're overly gentle or soporific but that they lack a signature Cuban sound; skill goes on display at the expense of flavor. Later, when Valdés does let it rip alongside a more traditional, Buena Vista-style band, he is occasionally drowned out by the wailings of an overly emphasized jazz vocalist. But between these frustrations a cluster of rum-soaked winners spike through. Tuning way into "Sentimental" is like hitching a tear-stained ride to old Havana, and the weather-beaten charm of "El Manisero" couldn't be more distinctively, winningly Chucho-derived.
Tammy La Gorce, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Balada Para Caridad y Emiliohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/balada-para-caridad-y-emilio/id118736490?i=118735266&uo=5
  2. El Bolerohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/el-bolero/id118736490?i=118735362&uo=5
  3. Realidadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/realidad/id118736490?i=118735647&uo=5
  4. Improvisaciónhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/improvisacion/id118736490?i=118735842&uo=5
  5. Nieblahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/niebla/id118736490?i=118736040&uo=5
  6. Solamente una Vezhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/solamente-una-vez/id118736490?i=118736244&uo=5
  7. Come Fuehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/virtuoso/id118736490?uo=5
  8. El Día Que Me Quierashttp://itunes.apple.com/album/el-dia-que-me-quieras/id118736490?i=118736372&uo=5
  9. Tu Me Acostumbrastehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tu-me-acostumbraste/id118736490?i=118736392&uo=5
  10. Sentimentalhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sentimental/id118736490?i=118736415&uo=5
  11. Tres Palabrashttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tres-palabras/id118736490?i=118736417&uo=5
  12. El Maniserohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/el-manisero/id118736490?i=118736437&uo=5
  13. Dos Perlas y un Dolorhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dos-perlas-y-un-dolor/id118736490?i=118736441&uo=5
  14. Novia Míahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/novia-mia/id118736490?i=118736465&uo=5
  15. Tú Mi Deliriohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/virtuoso/id118736490?uo=5
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