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Manuel Valera: New Cuban Express

Read "New Cuban Express" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Manuel Valera has been liberally mixing and melding Cuban forms with modern jazz ideals since his first record--Forma Nueva (Mavo Music, 2004)--put him on the map, but his methods have changed and evolved. He expanded his aural framework by working a woodwind quintet into the musical fabric of Vientos (Anzic Records, 2007), which showed glimpses ...