The Standard's Cuban drum series continues with a Mexico-based master conguero whose credentials include stints with Celia Cruz, Israel López, and the Buena Vista Social Club. The congo lays down, embellishes, and then fractures the rhythmic consensus, so expect fireworks galore when Valdés leads a percussion-heavy band with Enrique Fernandez (flute, alto sax), Edgar Pantoja (piano), Mario Rodriguez (bass), and Marvin Diz... More >>>