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MoFrancesco Quintetto: Piedra Solar (MoFrancesco Quintetto)

Read "Piedra Solar (MoFrancesco Quintetto)" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The MoFrancesco Quintetto, led by super-bassist Francesco Valente is one powerhouse group that will blow your socks off playing originals anchored in hard-bop with an Iberian twist, but who also can show a softer, more melodic side.

Piedra Solar features the core group (Valente, drummer/percussionist Miguel Moreira, pianist Iuri Gaspar, Johannes Krieger on trumpet ...

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MoFrancesco Quintetto: Piedra Solar

Read "Piedra Solar" reviewed by Mehdi El Mouden

Piedra Solar--the second album of the MoFrancesco Quintetto--is deeply rooted in Mediterranean and latin influences.

Highly structured yet with a pint of improvisation, the songs reveal deep consideration of past influences, familiar themes, and novel straight ahead jazz. In the Quintet's words, the album pays homage to the Iberian Peninsula where Italian bass lead ...

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MoFrancesco Quintetto: Maloca

Read "Maloca" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Italian bassist Francesco Valente's fascination with the culture of Brazil inspired the title of this album. A moloca is an Amazonian ancestral longhouse and a habitat for sharing knowledge, stories and music. In this case, the communal home is his adopted Lisbon and Valente's family is a multi-national quintet whose musical ancestors have bequeathed the jazz ...