Kiki Valera y su Son Cubano Appearing at Caramoor 7/6 PS21 7/7 Chatham NY

"Son Cubano, much like American jazz, has been in a constant state of evolution from its beginnings. Valera continues in that spirit, shedding new and modern light on the music."
— All About Jazz of the world's greatest exponents of the cuatro...Valera specializes in son, the infectious call-and-answer Cuban song form, but solos like a jazz guy.

Kiki Valera is one of Cuba's foremost cuatro-guitar virtuosos and a fourth-generation member of La Familia Valera Miranda, the pioneers renowned for more than a century as creators of Eastern Cuba's Son tradition. Over the last century, this style of traditional Cuban music has contributed to many other musical genres, including jazz, cha-cha-cha, mambo and salsa. Cuban Son is the music that made the Buena Vista Social Club worldwide stars in the late 1990s, but Kiki Valera comes from a family of musicians whose involvement with Son pre-dates the BVSC by decades. Now based in the United States, Valera's dynamic ensemble features many of Latin America's most outstanding musicians including lead vocalists Carlos Cascante (Spanish Harlem Orchestra) and Victor Castillo (Giraldo Piloto y Klimax) and extraordinary trumpeters Alexis Baró (Cubanismo, Omara Portuondo) and Pete Nater (Salsa Legends and Masters Academy).

VACILÓN SANTIAGUERO is Kiki Valera's second US solo release after many distinguished years as director of La Familia Valera Miranda in Santiago de Cuba. It reaches beyond his core performing group to present collaborations with some GRAMMY award winning musicians and to feature his favorite trumpeters, some Cuban-born, others US-born, but all with justified reputations for playing Cuban music out of love if not from DNA.

(Circle 9 Music C90007)
Street Date: May 31, 2024
UPC: 611851842512

Tracks (CD)

1 Este Vacilón - Felix Valera Miranda 05:20
2 El Ají de Cocina – Felix Valera Miranda 05:08
3 Sobre una Tumba una Rumba – Ignacio Piñeiro 07:06
4 El Penquito e' Coleto – Francisco Repilado (Compay Segundo) 04:10
5 Funfuñando – Arsenio Rodriguez 05:32
6 La Guajira - Olga de Blanck 05:44
7 Mari-Juana – Juana María Casas 03:55
8 Muñequita Feliz –Bienvenido Julián Gutierrez 06:30
9 El Empanadillero – Teodoro Benemelis 04:35
10 Pájaro Lindo – Felipe Neri Cabrera 06:23
11 Dos Gardenias – Isolina Carrillo 02:55
12 El Cuarto de Tula – Sergio Gonzales Siaba 05:34

All music arranged by Kiki Valera

Kiki Valera - cuatro cubano, guitar, bass, clave, maracas and coros
Pedro Vargas - congas, bongos and coros
Steve Guasch - coros
Carlos Cascante – lead vocal (1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12)
Francisco "Coco" Freeman – lead vocal (2, 11)
Joshuah de Jesus – lead vocal (3, 8)
Raquel Zozaya – lead vocal (6)

Special Guests on:
Alexis Baró - trumpet (1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11)
Steve Mostovoy - trumpet (1, 3, 6, 9, 11)
Michael Rodriguez & Jonathan Powell - trumpet (8)
Pete Nater & Dennis Hernandez - trumpet (2, 5, 7, 12)
Brian Lynch & Thomas Marriott - trumpet (10)
Leon Q Allen - trumpet (4)

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