BEBO BEST aka The Alchemist Bebo Baldan, producer, musician, film composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (bass, percussion, drums, sitar, guitar & keyboards) has worked on over 300 albums, and many soundtracks for films and TV, and has international recognition for the wise and original use of electronics and ethnic music that distinguished his works. His collaborations with such personalities as Gilberto Gil, Moni Ovadia Jon Hassel, Steven Brown, Steve Reich, Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens, Nitin Sawhney, Trilok Gurtu, Sinead O' Connor, David Torn, Ruichy Sakamoto, Frank Zappa, the American violinist Stephen James (Ravi Shankar, Bill Laswell), and guitarist David Torn (David Sylvian, Jan Garbarek, Don Cherry) has allowed him to explore ethnic and non-European types of music, an original Mediterranean formula influenced by jazz, traditional and warm electronic music.
Cuban jazz legend Bebo Valdés is in charge of this wonderful soundtrack for Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal's animated film about the romance between a singer and a pianist, set in La Havana and New York of the '40s and '50s. In addition to Valdés, the main performers include Freddy Cole, Jimmy Heath, Idania Valdés, Germán Velasco, and Amadito Valdés, in a collection of both originals and jazz and bolero standards arranged by Michael Philip Mossman. Estrella Morente sings the main title song, "Lily."
Another great recordings by Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Dionisio Ramon Emilio Valdés (Cuba, 1918-2013), aka 'Bebo Valdés'. The album was recorded in New York in four sessions during March 2001, when Bebo was already 82 years old. This album earned the win in the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album. Together with his piano Bebo is accompanied by Israel López 'Cachao' (bass) and fellow veteran Carlos 'Patato' Valdes with congas and percussion. Additionally, in three of the issues involved with alto sax and clarinet the instrumentalist Paquito D'Rivera, noted for his sophisticated solos.
In 2003, the venerable Afro-Cuban pianist Ramon "Bebo" Valdés teamed with the modern Spanish flamenco singer Diego "El Cigala" Salazar for an incredible fusion of pan-Latin styles on their Grammy Award-winning album LÁGRIMAS NEGRAS. Directed by Spanish director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE, CALLE 54), BLANCO Y NEGRO EN VIVO presents a visual companion to LÁGRIMAS NEGRAS with a 19-song live performance recorded in Mallorca in June 2003, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album.
2008 live release from two Jazz legends: pianist Bebo Valdes and bassist Javier Colina. Recorded at the Village Vanguard in New York, this set finds the pair playing a fusion of Latin, Caribbean and American Jazz, which has, over the years, become the unique sound of Cuban Jazz. Apart from self-penned Valdes tunes, the pair also tackle Bill Evans' 'Waltz For Debby', amongst other covers, adding their own indelible stamp to the proceedings. From America to Cuba and back again, Live At The Vanguard takes you to places as only authentic Jazz music can.
This album pairs one of the greatest flamenco singers of today, cantaor Diego El Cigala, with one of Cuba's finest Afro-Cuban pianists, Bebo Valdes. With Valdes (father of the great Chucho Valdes) born in 1918, there's a 40-year age difference between the pianist and the singer, but they do a fine job crossing generations and oceans to discover the commonalities between Caribbean and the Iberian music, coming up with a romantic marriage of the two cultures using rumbas, guajira, sons and boleros. Lagrimas Negras has won Latin Grammy Award of 2004 for Best Traditional Tropical Album.