"With drummer Rafael Monteagudo and bassist Christopher Nolte offering atmospheric accompaniment, Valdes articulated both his reverence for early Cuban piano vocabularies and his control of piano tone and voicing."- Howard Reich. "Chuchito Valdes at Jazz Showcase." Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2014.
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"... Rafael Monteagudo, lider de The Music Connection, está a punto de llegar a ser más ampliamente conocido como parte de este fenómeno a debido que el debut de su primera grabación, Innovation." - Bill Tilford. "Reseña de CD: Innovation por The Music Connection.", August 11, 2013.
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"While Valdes was the heart of the show, the work of drummer Rafael Monteagudo and bassist Steve Sachse also stood out. The drummer offered good solo spots, but at the same time put together a stretch behind Valdes in which he created good accompaniment with only a cymbal and the rim of a drum." - Bob Karlovitz. "Valdes displays amazing ability at the keyboard." Review of Chuchito Valdes, Trib Live, April 12, 2012.
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"The voyage was complete, when Carlos del Pino on bass and Rafael Monteagudo on drums took duo or solo turns, and Chuchito stretched onstage, focusing on his band. This trio had chemistry and charisma, with South of the Border luxuriousness." - Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower. "Chuchito Valdes and His Trio Bring Havana to the Iridium." Review of Chuchito Valdes Trio, Roberta on the Arts, Septetember 25, 2011.
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