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    Both Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés are the sons of Latin jazz giants, and luminaries in their own rights. They convened in January to perform a couple of concerts and record an album in tribute to their famous fathers, Chico O’Farrill and Bebo Valdés. It represented a passing of the mantle, too: They each have talented musician children, and the next generation of O’Farrills and Valdéses performed as well. The album they made that week is called “Familia,” and it’s out now. “Ecuación,” one of the record’s two Bebo Valdés compositions, is wired with his classic circuitry: complex and kinetic, but courtly above all else. Arturo O’Farrill’s hotshot Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra studs it with some fierce rhythmic punctuation, and Chucho Valdés pays homage to his father with a twirling, ecstatic solo. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO