Chucho Valdés–Joe Lovano Quintet

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Musical Instrument Museum - MIM says
Two artists who exemplify the standards for creativity and exploration at the venerable Blue Note Records will join together for a first-time collaboration in the Chucho Valdés–Joe Lovano Quintet. Pianist Chucho Valdés, who first appeared on Blue Note in 1985, has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past fifty years while saxophonist Joe Lovano, who started at that label in 1990, has recorded more albums on Blue Note than any other artist. This collaboration between two fearless innovators at the forefront of artistic expression expands their shared quest for the leading edge in jazz expression. The promise of combined greatness, anticipated for over twenty years, will deliver beyond expectation in a quintet backed by a bassist, drummer, and percussionist who rank among Cuba’s hottest and most seasoned instrumentalists.

Chucho Valdés
Winner of five GRAMMY Awards and three Latin GRAMMY Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past fifty years. His musical education included formal studies and countless nights performing on the best stages in Cuba as the pianist for his father Bebo Valdés and his orchestra Sabor de Cuba as well as with the seminal Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.
Since 2005, Valdés has focused on his personal career, highlighting his work as a pianist and leading small ensembles. His most recent recording, Border-Free, finds Valdés at the top of his game, leading his Afro-Cuban Messengers, a spectacular quintet comprising yet another generation of young brilliant Cuban musicians, in a search that transcends styles and traditions.

Joe Lovano
From his GRAMMY-nominated symphonic work to his role as the Gary Burton Chair of Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Joe Lovano fearlessly challenges and pushes his conceptual and thematic ventures in a quest for new modes of artistic expression and new ways to define the jazz idiom. In 2014, Lovano won awards as Multi-Reeds Player of the Year and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association as well as Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from DownBeat magazine. He has released twenty-three celebrated albums on the Blue Note label, with the last three focusing on his quintet, Us Five.
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