Winner of five Grammy and three Latin Grammy awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential
figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. Irakere is the
small, Cuban-style big band that he founded
40 years ago, still going strong with an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, Afro-Cuban and traditional Cuban music.
“A pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling, deceptively casual virtuosity.”
—The New York Times