|Tags:||cuban latin latin jazz jazz afro-cuban cuba salsa world|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
This pioneering Cuban jazz band, which began recording on an ad hoc basis in the late 60s, has been home to some of the countrys leading musicians. Irakere, which literally means forest, was the name of a drummer in Yoruba legend. The title was adopted by the band as a homage to the great drummer, and to reflect the percussive, Afro-Cuban emphasis of their music. Irakere was founded by several veterans of the groundbreaking Orquestra De Música Moderna. The original line-up included pianist/musical director Chuco Valdés, saxophonist Paquito DRivera, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, percussionist Oscar Valdés, guitarist Carlos Emilio Morales, trumpeter Jorge Varona, and drummer Enrique Plá. This immensely talented group of musicians quickly established themselves as their countrys leading attraction, fusing contemporary jazz, traditional Cuban son music, and African rhythms into an exciting new style of music...