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Manuel Valera

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Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, Manuel Valera is in the forefront of contemporary modern jazz. He represents the next generation of great performers and composers. His sound is fresh, inviting and evocative, and his goal is to forge innovative sounds that bring a vitality and newness to the idioms of jazz and Latin jazz. He is constantly workshopping musical ideas to develop new composition and arranging techniques that bring together Cuban, Puerto Rican, Brazilian and various jazz styles and forms. His musical training started at an early age at Havana’s Manuel Saumell Conservatory where he originally studied classical saxophone

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Releases From Manuel Valera, Lisa Hilton, Tord Gustavsen And Joel Frahm Plus More

Read "Releases From Manuel Valera, Lisa Hilton, Tord Gustavsen And Joel Frahm Plus More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show newly recorded releases from Manuel Valera, Lisa Hilton, Tord Gustavsen and Joel Frahm. As well as those archive recordings, just released for the first time, from Barry Deister and Ian Carr, music from Enrico Rava (2005) and some classic live Soft Machine (1970), which has just been repackaged and rereleased.

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Freedom Jazz Dance

Label: Jazz Avenue 1
Released: 2021
Track listing: Freedom Jazz Dance; Baptism; Home Cookin'; Until The End Of Time; Autumn Leaves; How Insensitive; New Arrival; Chillin'.

Album

Tumaini

Label: Tiger Turn Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Karibu; Afrika; The Beauty of the Slum; Dance; Mandhari I; Mandhari II; Hope Intro; Hope; Christine; Kutembea.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!

Read "Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!" reviewed by Doug Collette


Drummer Mike Clark must've already had some estimable pedigree in the first place to be invited to join Herbie Hancock's seminal funk/fusion ensemble Headhunters back in the Seventies. But the man at the kit only built upon his existing prestige during his tenure with that group and then went on to expand upon his rep with ...

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News: Recording

Leon Lee Dorsey's 'Freedom Jazz Dance' with Mike Clark and Manuel Valera is out August 20, 2021 via Jazz Avenue 1

Leon Lee Dorsey's 'Freedom Jazz Dance' with Mike Clark and Manuel Valera is out August 20, 2021 via Jazz Avenue 1

Jazz Avenue 1 is proud to announce the August 20, 2021 release of Freedom Jazz Dance by veteran bassist Leon Lee Dorsey, drummer extraordinaire Mike Clark and brilliant Cuban-born pianist Manuel Valera. Dedicated to the late Puerto Rican-born piano master Hilton Ruiz, whom Dorsey regularly played with in his last years (appearing on 2004’s A New ...

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Article: Album Review

Berta Moreno Afro-Jazz Soul Project: Tumaini

Read "Tumaini" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Tenor saxophonist Berta Moreno released her promising debut, Little Steps, in 2017. It signaled her debt to forbears such as Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, and displayed an impressive command of bop language. Tumaini, her engaging follow-up, moves in a rather different direction. Time well-spent in Kenya gave Moreno a wider focus for her compositions, as ...

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José Martí En Nueva York

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Odio La Mascara Y El Vicio; Es Rubia, El Cabello Suelto; Por Tus Ojos Encendidos; Yo Quiero Salir Del Mundo: Yo Pienso Cuando Me Alegro; El Enemigo Brutal; Tiene El Leopardo Un Abrigo / Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca; Si Quiere Que De Este Mundo.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Big Band Music and Experimental Sounds

Read "New Big Band Music and Experimental Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show big ensembles dominate with the new albums on Greenleaf from Manuel Valera and Mike Fahie. There's also the experimental side of jazz with fresh sounds from Vintage Astronaut and Zing!. This is all balanced out with some fascinating improvised music from Cooper-Moore and Stephen Gauci and Kaze & Ikue Mori. Playlist ...

Article: Album Review

Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band: José Martí En Nueva York

Read "José Martí  En Nueva York" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Chi segue i protagonisti contemporanei del cosiddetto latin jazz conosce bene Manuel Valera. Nel 1995 il pianista ha lasciato la natia Havana per trasferirsi negli Stati Uniti, prima a Miami e poi a New York dove ha studiato alla New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Dal 2004 s'è progressivamente imposto come una figura artistica di ...


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