Formed in 1995 by Jessica Valiente, Anna Milat-Meyer and Yasuyo Kimura, Los Más Valientes brings together some of today's finest Latin musicians. Collectively, the band's resume reads like a who's-who of New York's jazz and Latin music scene. It's members have played with Chico O'Farrill, Louis Bauzó, Charlie Persip, Max Roach, Orlando Marín, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Kit McClure Band, Jimmy Bosch, Connie Grossman and Orquesta Pasión...and the list goes on. Taking it's name from it's leader, Brooklyn-born flutist Jessica Valiente, Los Más Valientes plays original Latin jazz compositions as well as innovative arrangements of Latin jazz standards. On the other hand, if it's dancing you want, Los Más Valientes can deliver; they play Latin dance music in the classic tradition of the Cachao descargas, Fania All-Stars, Alegre All-stars, and all the legendary charanga bands. In May of 1999, Los Más Valientes released it's debut self-titled CD on the Laughing Buddha label to wide critical acclaim. Cadence Magazine called it, 'a tightly knit band of Latin music professionals...plays the music of Latin America with dedication and a true understanding of it's pulse.' JazzNow hailed it as, 'a tight and engaging ensemble...not a weak spot on the album.' Noted Latin music historian and columnist, Max Salazar, listed it as one of the 10 best albums of 1999 (Latin Beat Magazine, December 1999). Their sophomore effort, Gira Caribeña ('Caribbean Journey'), was released in May of 2001 and has received even greater praise; Latin Beat Magazine says, 'The production swings, with commendable arrangements...' and Latin Style Magazine raves, 'I wish this recording could go on and on, and you will too!' After giving us two very successful CD's in Los Más Valientes and Caribbean Journey/Gira Caribeña, Jessica Valiente y Los Más Valientes are back, this time with a very eclectic mix of music and tributes to some of their heroes. The music from their new CD, Titere Fué, is a powerful collection of tunes, featuring eight original compositions and all arrangements nicely done by members of the band. Once again, all of the offerings create that cool magic for which Los Más Valientes is known.
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