Chucho Valdes Virtuoso
- Released: November 1, 2005
- Label: La Escondida
- 1.Balada Para Caridad y Emilio
- 2.El Bolero
- 6.Solamente una Vez
- 7.Como Fue
- 8.El Dia que Me Quieras
- 9.Tu Me Acostumbraste
- 11.Tres Palabras
- 12.El Manisero
- 13.Dos Perlas y un Dolor
- 14.Novia Mia
- 15.Tu Mi Delirio
Liner Note Author: Bladimir Zamora Cespedes.
It's not that Chucho Vald‚s' Virtuoso fails to dazzle -- this is the same swift-fingered Vald‚s who plunked and pounded so appealingly alongside Buena Vista Social Club, after all -- but it does take a couple of weird turns. The first several tracks land on unsuspecting ears like lullabies, the trouble there being not that they're overly gentle or soporific but that they lack a signature Cuban sound; skill goes on display at the expense of flavor. Later, when Vald‚s does let it rip alongside a more traditional, Buena Vista-style band, he is occasionally drowned out by the wailings of an overly emphasized jazz vocalist. But between these frustrations a cluster of rum-soaked winners spike through. Tuning way into "Sentimental" is like hitching a tear-stained ride to old Havana, and the weather-beaten charm of "El Manisero" couldn't be more distinctively, winningly Chucho-derived. ~ Tammy La Gorce
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