FAO representative to Havana, Marcio Porto, pointed out that a message sent by that organization emphasizes that it feels proud of having Valdés among its Good Will Ambassadors
During an interview with the French AFP news agency in September, Valdes explained that the name of his new group is a tribute to the Jazz Messengers, led by US drummer Art Blakey, who was his “first influence”.
Valdes won the Grammy in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album, during the 53rd edition of the annual awards of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States, for his production Chucho’s Steps.
This first album with The Afro-Cuban Messengers, Valdes includes, with beautiful style and complexity, the various forms of contemporary jazz,: hard bop, free jazz and modal jazz modal, with an excellent use of percussion. The CD pays tribute to great figures of jazz, like Wynton Marsalis and Joe Zawinul, and to the piece Misa Negra.