Who is Bebo Valdés?
Bebo Valdés (born October 19, 1918 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban jazz musician.
Born in Quivicán, Cuba, he started his career as a pianist in the night clubs of Havana during the 1950s, and since then has achieved significant popularity as composer and arranger. He is the former director of the famous Tropicana Club in Havana.
Valdés played a major role in the development of the mambo during the pre-Revolution years. The mambo, rooted in the "ritmo nuevo" combining syncopated son motifs and improvised flute variations. By adapting the mambo and innovative jazz arrangements of the mid-1940s, composers such as Valdés managed to free the mambo's syncopated mode from the danzón structure.
He was married to Pilar Valdéz, and is the father of the pianist Chucho Valdés.
Valdés left Cuba for Mexico in the early 1960s and briefly lived in the United States before moving to Sweden, where he resided until 2007. Nowadays he lives in Malaga (Spain).
Bebo Valdés - El Solar de Bebo
01. El solar de Bebo
02. Kabul y Lorenzo
03. A Mayra
04. El Quitrín (Haciendo patria)
05. La mula
06. Rose Marie
08. De baracutey
10. El guajeo de Rickard
01. Är ni fröken Pehrson (Intro)
02. Cachao, creador del Mambo
04. El son de Cecilio
06. Copla nº 4
07. Nocturno en batanga