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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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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: 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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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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Tony Davis, No Base Trio, Camila Nebbia and More

Read "Tony Davis, No Base Trio, Camila Nebbia and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show the debut album from guitarist Tony Davis who combines creative compositions and skilful adaptations for a great sound. Further exploration of the back catalogue of Italian saxophonist Felice Clemente. Innovative explorations from the Puerto Rican trio of alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo, drummer Leonardo Osuna, and Gabriel Vicéns on electric guitar. Chilean trumpeter Benjamín ...

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Article: Interview

Kabir Sehgal: Spirited Warrior for Jazz

Read "Kabir Sehgal: Spirited Warrior for Jazz" reviewed by Michael Ricci


Kabir Sehgal has a history of championing meaningful causes for jazz. His wildly impressive background includes five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards as a producer. He is also the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of fourteen books including Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology (Better ...

Article: Album Review

Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy Con Clave

Read "Dizzy Con Clave" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Anche se l'incontro tra jazz e ritmi caraibici è presente fin dagli albori è stato Dizzy Gillespie negli anni quaranta a dare identità e popolarità al genere Afro-Cubano, integrando nel be-bop le musiche Mario Bauza e Machito. Questo tributo alle musiche del grande trombettista è stato inciso nel 2017, anno in cui s'è celebrato il Dizzy ...

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Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy Con Clave

Read "Dizzy Con Clave" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In closing out the liner essay to this savory set recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, bassist Carlos Henriquez succinctly summarizes one of many important points worth noting about the legendary honoree: “Dizzy Gillespie is and always will be the American bridge to Afro-Cuban music," he states. But it need be noted that he doesn't just ...


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