This CD compiles all of the live 1978 recordings of one of the finest formations in the history of Chucho Valdés' celebrated band Irakere. The line-up included such superlative musicians as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Carlos Averhoff, Carlos Emilio Morales, Carlos Del Puerto and Enrique Plá to name a few. The band can be heard here at a concert in La Havana, as well as performances at the famed Newport and Montreux Jazz Festivals.
01. La Comparsa
02. Los Ojos De Pepa
03. Aguanile Bonko
04. Por Romper El Coco
10. Misa Negra
11. Aguanile Bonko
Total time: 79:21 min.
Personnel: Chucho Valdés, (keyb, arr & Bandleader), Arturo Sandoval (tp, flhn, vtb, voc), Jorge Varona (tp, flhn), Paquito D'Rivera (f, ss,as,bs), Carlos Averhoff (f,ss,ts), Carlos Emilio Morales (g), Carlos Del Puerto (b), Enrique Plá (d), Jorge 'El Niño' Alfonso (perc) Oscar Valdés, Armando Cuervo (perc, vcl).
Tracks #1-6: Live at the Youth and Student Festival, Teatro 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba, July 1978
Tracks #7-11: Live at the Newport (Rhode Island) & Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festivals, June 1978