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Manuel Valera Sr.: Recuerdos

Read "Recuerdos" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Recuerdos might translate as “Remembrances," but save for maybe a track or two, this album is clearly not about nostalgia--it is a contemporary Latin jazz album filled with inspired moments--among these “Solitude," a tune in which veteran saxophonist Manuel Valeras, Sr. and his son (pianist Manuel Valera) share a close duet. “Si La Comprienderas" opens the disc with an up-tempo groove, and “Si Te Contara" has a very modern feel thanks to the solid backing from the rhythm section of ...

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Manuel Valera Sr.: Recuerdos

Read "Recuerdos" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's quite a bit of Cuban music history in Manuel Valera Sr.'s fingertips. Over the course of his career, he's put his saxophone to good use in the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, Mario Bauza's Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Machito's Orchestra, Paquito D'Rivera's Big Band, and numerous other groups; he's played alongside bassist Israel “Cachao" Lopez, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and percussionist Carlos “Patato" Valdez; and he's even been cited as the creator of the first jazz saxophone quintet in Cuba. ...


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