“A pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling, deceptively casual virtuosity”
—The New York Times
Winner of six Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, and arranger CHUCHO VALDÉS is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz.
A protean performer, as comfortable offering solo performances as leading small and large ensembles, his most recent project, Jazz Batá 2, is an exceptional work in which he revisits an idea he first explored in 1972: a piano jazz trio featuring batá drums in place of the conventional trap set. The batá are the sacred hourglass-shaped drums used in the ritual music of the Yoruba religion, better known as Santeria. Released on November 16, 2018, Jazz Batá 2 marks Chucho’s debut on Mack Avenue Records.