FamiliaA Tribute to Bebo & Chico

Arturo O'Farrill and Chucho Valdes

Motema Music (MTM0229)

Disc 1: Featuring the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
  1. BeboChicoChuchoTuro
  2. Three Revolutions
  3. Ecuacion
  4. Tema de Bebo
  5. Pianitis
  6. Father, Mothers, Sons, Daughters
Disc 2: Featuring the Third Generations Ensemble
  1. Run And Jump
  2. Recuerdo
  3. Gonki Gonki
  4. Pura Emocion
  5. Para Chico
  6. Con Poco Coco
  7. Raja Ram

Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés – piano

The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra:
Arturo O’Farrill – piano & musical director
Reeds: Bobby Porcelli, David DeJesus, Ivan Renta, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Larry Bustamente
Trumpets: Seneca Black, Jim Seeley, Bryan Davis, Jonathan Powell
Trombones: Kajiwara Tokunori, Rafi Malkiel, Frank Cohen, Earl McIntyre
Gregg August – bass
Vince Cherico – drums
Carlos Maldonado – percussion, bongo
Tony Rosa – percussion, congas

Third Generations Ensemble:
Adam O’Farrill – trumpet
Zack O’Farrill, Jessie Valdés – drums
Leyanis Valdés – piano
Jesus Ricardo Anduz, Kali Rodriguez-Pena – trumpet
Bam Bam Rodriguez – bass
Ernesto C. Vega – clarinet
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown – tenor saxophone
Larry Bustamente – bass clarinet
Frank Cohen – trombone
Carlos Maldonado – percussion, bongo

Special Guests:
Christopher Sanchez – percussion
Anoushka Shankar – sitar

Recorded January 30 to February 1, 2017 at Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, New York
Executive Producer: Kabir Sehgal
Producers: Kabir Sehgal, Arturo O’Farrill

Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico brings together two of the influential families in Afro-Cuban music in a celebration of their late patriarchs: pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Bebo Valdés and composer, arranger and bandleader “Chico” O´Farrill

It’s a multi-generational tribute led by Arturo O´Farrill and Chucho Valdés — their sons, major figures in their own right — but also featuring the next generation, including pianist Leyanis Valdés, drummer Jessie Valdés, trumpeter Adam O´Farrill and drummer Zack O´Farrill.

In keeping with the theme of Familia, sitarist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the great Ravi Shankar, is featured playing “Raja Ram,” a piece by executive and artistic producer Kabir Sehgal, inspired by memories of his father.


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