The Music of Chucho Valdes & Irakere
by Chucho Valdes & Rebeca Mauleon
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Edition: Paperback Book

Publisher: Sher Music Co.

The definitive guide to Latin jazz by two masters of the genre!

Decoding Afro-Cuban Jazz is, at the same time:

  1. A songbook of the best compositions of the ground-breaking Cuban ‘fusion’ group Irakere,
  2. A thorough guide to the roots and structure of Afro-Cuban jazz in general
  3. An overview of Maestro Valdés’ influences and contributions to the music

Decoding Afro-Cuban Jazz is the first publication of its kind to thoroughly examine the work of the legendary pianist/composer Chucho Valdés, providing a gateway to better understanding Afro-Cuban jazz as a whole.

It opens the door to Valdés’ creative process in bridging the worlds of traditional and contemporary Cuban music with classical music and jazz. A unique treasure for all lovers of Latin music!

Included in this book are:

  • Eleven of Valdés’ most important works, decoded and transcribed
  • Overview of the history of Afro-Cuban music
  • Biographies on Valdés and ground-breaking supergroup Irakere
  • Detailed transcriptions and musical guides
  • Breakdown of Afro-Cuban folkloric and popular rhythms
  • Explanation of the Cuban clave and its function
  • Comprehensive discography and glossary
  • Dozens of exercises and tools for enhanced study
  • Annotated list of compositional works by Maestro Valdés
  • 211 pages of music and text!

 I finally got a chance to play with Chucho in Cuba and I’ve always considered that one of the greatest moments of my career. He is a giant walking the earth.” 
— Christian McBride, bassist, bandleader and composer

 Wow! What a read. Part historical, part technical and completely soulful. It has a permanent place on my bookshelf.” 
— Tim Jackson, Artistic Director, Monterey Jazz Festival

 Beautifully synthesizes Chucho's life, career and music, helping us to understand and celebrate the cultural and historical significance of his contribution, while giving us some lessons in Afro-Cuban music.” 
— Simon Rowe, Executive Director, RJAM program, San Francisco Conservatory of Music