Bebo Valdés's story is familiar to fans of Cuban music: A great bandleader in the Forties and Fifties who created his own rhythm (in this case, the speedy and complicated batanga), he was forced into early retirement and expatriation by the revolution. Valdés then migrated to the piano bars of Stockholm. He has recently returned to action, winning six Grammys. Now, at age 89, Bebo can still flat-out play, and his integration of Haitian rhythms into his Cuban chops makes him a unique and dynamic composer. Documentary filmmaker Carlos Carcas has recorded... More >>>