Cuban trombonist Generoso Jimenez dies


MIAMI -- Legendary Cuban trombonist Generoso Jimenez, who redefined the role of the trombone in Cuban music and Latin jazz, died Saturday in Miami of renal failure. He was 90.

The prolific Jimenez worked nearly to the day of his death. He is heard on Gloria Estefan's newest release, "90 Millas" (Burgundy), on which he is a featured guest.

The trombonist lived Cuba's golden age of music. He was a member of the original lineup of Orquesta Aragon and later joined Chico O'Farrill's band.

His greatest success came as trombonist for the great singer Beny More. More reworked the lyrics of his famous song "Que Bueno Baila Usted" and turned them into "Generoso, que bueno toca usted" (Generoso, how well you play), immortalizing Jimenez's name among legions of Cuban music fans.

In 2002, Jimenez released an album titled "Generoso, Que Bueno Toca Usted," which was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Jimenez left Cuba for Miami in 2003 and remained active on the music scene. One of his last public appearances was June 23, when he played with Cuban singer Isaac Delgado in Miami.

Jimenez is survived by six children. He will be buried in Miami on Tuesday.