Monday, December 10, 2007

Carlos "Patato" Valdes, 1926-2007

Farewell, Patato.

Carlos "Patato" Valdes went out in style. According to this obituary, he invoked his Santeria faith the moment before he died Wednesday in Cleveland. He was 81. Valdes is credited for inventing the tuned conga drum and was a manic showman while in his prime. This is a more recent video of Valdes in action. "Comelon," a 1993 recording from the out-of-print Masterpiece, features Valdes on congas and Ronnie Cuber on soprano, Michel Camilo on piano, Joe Santiago on bass, Ignacio Berroa on drums and Charlie Santiago on guiro.

I've seen Etta James, Latimore, Prince and Bobby Rush. R. Kelly's performance Friday night wasn't the most shocking I've witnessed- everyone knew what to expect- but it was the dirtiest. Tim Finn's review is here. I agree with everything Tim wrote, but he didn't mention Kelly's thrilling boxer-style entrance through the crowd.

Kansas City Click: It's Over plays a "free, family-friendly" gig at the Record Bar. The 7 p.m. start time might beat this evening's ice storm.

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