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Carlos "Patato" Valdes

cng, perc, 1926-2007 CU, Centro Habana
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Carlos Valdes

Conga player of Cuban origin (born November 4, 1926, Havana, Cuba - died December 5, 2007, New York City). Considered by some to be the greatest ever Cuban conga player, Patato played with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Machito, Mario Bauzá, Quincy Jones and many other salsa and jazz stars. The first conguero to tune his congas to a song's dominant chord, Patato's influence was felt on the jazz and Latin music scenes and also in the world of film, where he gave Brigitte Bardot a mambo lesson in And God Created Woman.

  • Congas
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
  • Bongos
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Latin
  • Soundtrack

Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Unico Y DifferenteCarlos "Patato" Valdes2008Album
Sonido SolidoAlfredo Rodriguez, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Eugenio Arango2006Album
El HombreCarlos "Patato" Valdes2004Album
SunwheelsMichael Marcus Trio, Carlos "Patato" Valdes2001Album
The Conga KingsGiovanni Hidalgo, Candido, Carlos "Patato" Valdes2000Album
Ritmo y Candela II: African CrossroadsCarlos "Patato" Valdes1996Album
Ritmo Y CandelaCarlos "Patato" Valdes And Changuito And Orestes Vilato1995Album
Rumba En El PatioConjunto Kubavana De Alberto Ruiz Con Carlos "Patato" Valdes1994Compil.
Master PieceCarlos "Patato" Valdes1993Album
El Yerbero / Monsieuw JoséSonido Solido = Alfredo Rodriguez + Carlos "Patato" Valdes + Eugenio Arango1983Single
Bata Y RumbaCarlos "Patato" Valdes1980Album
La Ambulancia, Canto A ChangóCarlos "Patato" Valdes1976Single
AuthorityCarlos "Patato" Valdes1976Album
Ready For FreddyCarlos "Patato" Valdes1976Album
Alma Mia, ChevereCarlos "Patato" Valdes1976Single
Understanding Latin Rhythms Vol. 1Jose Mangual & Carlos "Patato" Valdes1974Album
Stitt Goes LatinSonny Stitt Featuring Willie Bobo, Thad Jones, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Chick Corea, Chihuahua1963Album
Stitt Goes LatinSonny Stitt Featuring Willie Bobo, Thad Jones, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Chick Corea, Chihuahua1963Album
The Legend Of Cuban PercussionCarlos "Patato" ValdesAlbum
GuaguancoCarlos "Patato" Valdes Y CortijoAlbum
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