Juan Pablo Torres

Trombonist, composer and arranger Juan Pablo Torres debuted with Armando Romeu's Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna in 1967, working alongside future Irakere greats Chucho Valdés, Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval before founding his own jazz ensemble, Algo Nuevo.

As a producer he guided such legendary sessions as Estrellas de Areito (1979). Torres also has collaborated with such legends as Cachao, Chico O'Farrill, Eddie Palmieri, Patato, Bebo Valdés, Astor Piazzolla, and fellow trombonists Robin Eubanks and Steve Turre.

Son Que Chévere pays its respects to Cuban tradition, but this tribute, conceived in an orchestral framework, is anything but a museum piece. Consider the stellar lineup, including Aldo del Río, Lázaro Reyes and María Elena Lazo (vocals), Julio Padrón (trumpet), Javier Zalba (flute, saxophone; known for his work with Cubanísmo and Buena Vista Social Club), Tony Pérez (piano), and percussionists José Luis Quintana "Changuito," Jesús El Quiño, Tata Güines and Alfredo Rodríguez "El Indio," among others. The result is a fully modern distillation of vintage Cuban son.

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