This is central Havana -- drab, crowded and ugly -- where a building collapses every three days. The buses are so full that people have to fight their way inside, so they often walk the distance or splurge on a bicycle taxi.
The sad history of Bebo Valdés is that during his entire time as an émigré, he was erased from the repertoire of Cuban culture in the national media -- until the worldwide success of Lagrimas Negras, a record the Cuban musical censors could not bury.
Ninety Miles Live at Cubadisco is not only one of the finest live recordings of the year, it's just one of the best jazz albums of the year. This recording captures the dimensional quality of this live performance.