Sadly I have heard the news that Francisco Aguabella passed away today, Friday May 7, 2010
Francisco Aguabella was a personal favorite of mine. As a musician he could do it all. Afrocuban Folklore, Rumba, Bata, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, etc. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to see him perform. A look at my music library shows an extensive collection of his works.
- Agua de Cuba
- Cantos a los Orishas
- Hitting Hard
- Bembe y Afrocuban Music
My favorite quote regarding Francisco comes from Dizzy Gillespie:
"Aguabella is the John Coltrane of the Conga Drums.” -- Dizzy GillespieI was fortunate to see Aguabella play at Yoshi's on Filmore a couple of years back. An incredible show. The pictures in this post are from that show. I remember something Francisco said that night, which made me very happy
"Now I live in L.A., but San Francisco, is my city!"
We'll miss you terribly Francisco. Thanks for all the great music.