BOBBY VALENTIN

Afro-Cuban Jazz • Puerto Rico
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Bobby Valentin, also known as "El Rey del Bajo" (King of the Bass), (born June 9, 1941 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico) is a musician and salsa bandleader.

Bobby Valentin (born Roberto Valentin) was taught by his father to play the guitar at a young age. When his mother died in 1947, he went to live with his older sister and was raised in the town of Coamo; here he received his primary education and studied music. When he 11 years old, he participated in a local talent contest with a trio which he had formed. He played the guitar and sang for the trio and they won the first place prize. One of his teachers suggested that he attend the Jose I. Quinton Academy of Music, which he did - here he learned to play the trumpet.

In 1956, Bobby moved with his family to New York City where he attended high
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35 Aniversario35 Aniversario
Bronco 2008
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Boda De EllaBoda De Ella
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BOBBY VALENTIN Discography

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BOBBY VALENTIN Ritmo Pa' Goza' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ritmo Pa' Goza'
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1965
BOBBY VALENTIN Young Man With a Horn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Young Man With a Horn
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1966
BOBBY VALENTIN Bad Breath album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bad Breath
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1967
BOBBY VALENTIN Let's Turn On: Arrebatarnos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let's Turn On: Arrebatarnos
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1967
BOBBY VALENTIN Se La Comió album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Se La Comió
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1969
BOBBY VALENTIN Algo Nuevo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Algo Nuevo
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1970
BOBBY VALENTIN Rompecabezas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rompecabezas
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1972
BOBBY VALENTIN Soy Boricua album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soy Boricua
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1972
BOBBY VALENTIN Rey Del Bajo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rey Del Bajo
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1974
BOBBY VALENTIN In Motion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Motion
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1974
BOBBY VALENTIN Afuera album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Afuera
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1976
BOBBY VALENTIN Musical Seduction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musical Seduction
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1978
BOBBY VALENTIN La Boda de Ella album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
La Boda de Ella
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1978
BOBBY VALENTIN Manuel Garcia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manuel Garcia
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1979
BOBBY VALENTIN Bobby Valentín [El Gato] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby Valentín [El Gato]
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1980
BOBBY VALENTIN Siempre En Forma album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Siempre En Forma
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1981
BOBBY VALENTIN Bobby Valentin Presenta a el: Cano Estremera album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby Valentin Presenta a el: Cano Estremera
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1982
BOBBY VALENTIN Bobby Valentín [Brujeria] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby Valentín [Brujeria]
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1983
BOBBY VALENTIN En La Lejanía album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
En La Lejanía
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1983
BOBBY VALENTIN En Accion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
En Accion
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1984
BOBBY VALENTIN Algo Excepcional album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Algo Excepcional
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1985
BOBBY VALENTIN Bobby Valentín [Part Time Lover] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby Valentín [Part Time Lover]
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1986
BOBBY VALENTIN El Gigolo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
El Gigolo
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1988
BOBBY VALENTIN Más amor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Más amor
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1989
BOBBY VALENTIN Como Nunca album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Como Nunca
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1990
BOBBY VALENTIN 25 Aniversario Del Rey Del Bajo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
25 Aniversario Del Rey Del Bajo
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1992
BOBBY VALENTIN Donde Lo Dejamos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donde Lo Dejamos
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1992
BOBBY VALENTIN Clasicos De Vicentico Valdes Con La Orquesta De Bobby Valentin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clasicos De Vicentico Valdes Con La Orquesta De Bobby Valentin
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1996
BOBBY VALENTIN Symbol of Prestige album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Symbol of Prestige
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1997
BOBBY VALENTIN La Gran Reunión album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
La Gran Reunión
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2000
BOBBY VALENTIN Evolution album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Evolution
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2007

BOBBY VALENTIN EPs & splits

BOBBY VALENTIN live albums

BOBBY VALENTIN Va A La Cárcel, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Va A La Cárcel, Volume 1
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1975
BOBBY VALENTIN Va A La Cárcel, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Va A La Cárcel, Volume 2
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1975
BOBBY VALENTIN Encuentro Histórico: Bobby Valentin & Cano Estremera album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Encuentro Histórico: Bobby Valentin & Cano Estremera
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1998

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BOBBY VALENTIN Bobby's Best album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby's Best
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1977
BOBBY VALENTIN Bobby Valentin & Marvin Santiago album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby Valentin & Marvin Santiago
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1992
BOBBY VALENTIN Many Sides album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Many Sides
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2001
BOBBY VALENTIN La Herencia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
La Herencia
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2007
BOBBY VALENTIN Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2008
BOBBY VALENTIN Historia De La Salsa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Historia De La Salsa
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2009

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En Vivo Desde Bellas Artes
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1991
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¡En Vivo! 35 Aniversario Vuelve A La Carcel
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2003

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BOBBY VALENTIN Evolution

Album · 2007 · Afro-Cuban Jazz
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Bobby Valentin a native from Puerto Rico was originally a trumpet player when he first started professionally back in the late 1950's but one night in 1969 the bass player did not show up. Bobby found a replacement on trumpet and grabbed a hold of that bass and has never let go since becoming one of the premier musicians on this instrument throughout the Latin world. Arranging is another trade that Bobby carries out and actually did quite a lot for The Fania All Stars as well as putting his own albums out with the label but in 1975 called it a day with them and started his own label Bronco based in Puetro Rico. Salsa is Bobby's main staple with the addition of improvision and he has become one of the greats after all he released the hit "Soy Boricua" in 1972 which has become Puerto Rico's unofficial anthem as well as his most popular album. Around thirty albums is the total that Bobby has released up to his latest "Evolution" which is on the Bronco label and is a Dual disc with the album on one side with some clips on the other containing four songs from the album on this high quality audio format disc which has dts surrond sound giving the album a great high clear volume level and also superb separation but do not fear the music is good and the format only makes it better with the clarity.The band has one of his old stalwarts with Jose Lugo on piano, who has been in a few of Bobby's albums over the years but also there are there are another 14 members with two trumpets and also two alto saxophones, trombone, conga, timbal, bongo, piano ,guitar with the violin only making an appearance on one track . Special guests are five in total and all special but Ray De La Paz stands out after all the years that he sang for Louie Ramirez. Giselle is another who is better known for her Merengue albums with also Bernie Williams on guitar and not a baseball bat for this album as he did have a very good professional baseball career as well as music. Luis Marin is also here on piano and he has his own jazz band these days but was with The Fania All Stars and Paoli Mejas is appearing on conga and he is considered a master these days and of course has his own Jazz Quintet.

Bobby's bass grumble is what you first hear with "Clotilde" with Julio Lopez singing lead with great montuno being used within the tune and Marianne Morales makes an appearance on violin darting in and out of the montuno with the coros and horns. "El Cucu" which follows is has one of those catchy chorus's that will have you singing along and superb trumpet is the solo on this rendition of the old Bobby Capo song. "Que Mi Digan Feo" is latin as it comes with the guitarro introduction and the chorus just keeps that joyous latin feel throughout and Bobby's bass just keeps that gloroius thump coming underneath with some great horn play throughout then the vocalists discussing things in the middle and the tune just only improves.The first six tracks have Julio Lopez and Kriptony Texiera who are the regular lead vocalists for Bobby currently and for the last six tracks the guests are doing lead vocals for three and on "A Que Se Debe" it is that old salsa master Ray De La Paz who still is one of the best going around today and he also follows up on the next "Tu Pueblos Es Mi Pueblo" and one of those chorus's is back with Ray sounding like he has all day and so relaxed but he still is quick and spot on with his delivery and he can really hit those notes right above the coros and it is the montuno where we get the horns with percussion kicking in taking the song up to another level.Two Bobby Valentin compositions and both are Jazz but in a seventies groove with "Four Plus Two" being the first of them and Bobby is wonderful on the bass and whoever mixed this album did a wonderful job which is apparent on this keyboard, guitar groover. Giselle is doing lead vocal on "Si-Si No-No" and with that title representing the song she is perfect for giving the tune a real rolling effect throughout the verse with electric guitar providing the solo for this one. Two to go and "Piel Canela" which is another Booby Capo tune and Bobby's last composition called "No Name" which is Jazz with a Brazillian influence and a drum kit is used and not latin percussion.

Great album with a great mix. Bobby Valentin is one of the greats in modern Latin Jazz and Salsa and always keeps to his roots but delivered in a contempary fashion with superb musicianship. I have never heard a bad one from Bobby and here we have another album that is outstanding in all departments.

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