Yelfris Valdés, For the Ones, Música Macondo

Erstwhile Sierra Maestra trumpeter Yelfris Valdés may be hiding his light under a bushel for the time being, but on the basis of ''For the Ones'' deserves to be huge. An infectious blend of folkloric Cuban styles, crunching electronica-invoking …

Published: 1 Jan 2020. Updated: 22 months.

Erstwhile Sierra Maestra trumpeter Yelfris Valdés may be hiding his light under a bushel for the time being, but on the basis of ''For the Ones'' deserves to be huge.

An infectious blend of folkloric Cuban styles, crunching electronica-invoking dancefloor grooves and the heat and excitement of a rhythmic shakedown, Valdés is a Cuban Christian Scott – Afrojazz Yoruba-inspired extrovert solo lines leap up out of the percussive swirl and hit home hard to delirious effect.

Valdés plays Ronnie Scott's on 6 February.

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Guitarist Vic Juris has died

Guitarist Vic Juris died earlier today. The American was 66 and had been battling metastatic liver cancer. Read more from Peter Hum writing in the Ottawa Citizen. Juris' playing credits include way back organist Don Patterson and Jimmy Smith, Larry …

Published: 31 Dec 2019. Updated: 22 months.

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Guitarist Vic Juris died earlier today. The American was 66 and had been battling metastatic liver cancer.

Read more from Peter Hum writing in the Ottawa Citizen.

Juris' playing credits include way back organist Don Patterson and Jimmy Smith, Larry Coryell and more recently Gary Peacock and Dave Liebman. RIP