Bebo Valdés, a Force in Cuban Music, Dies at 94

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Mr. Valdés, a pianist, arranger and composer, was at the center of Havana’s musical life in the pre-Castro era.

OUR COMMON GROUND Omnibus‘s insight:

But at the root of Mr. Valdés’s success was his pianism, which was influenced by Baroque fugues, Art Tatum and the left-hand rhythms in Ernesto Lecuona’s Euro-Antillean danzas and built on rhythmic principles he learned while playing for dancers alongside some of the great Cuban singers of his era, including Beny Moré, Pio Leyva and Orlando Cascarita Guerra.

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