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Forma Nueva with John Patitucci, Bill Stewart, "El Negro" Hndz

by Manuel Valera

Modern Original Jazz with Cuban influences. Featuring bassist John patitucci, Drummers "El Negro" Hernandez and Bill Stewart and Saxophonist Seamus Blake.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. metaphorically Speaking
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2. Forma Nueva
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3. Simplicity
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4. Displaced
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5. Drume Negrita
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6. Prey to indulgence
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7. Abue
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8. Nebulism
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9. Say it (over and over again)
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10. En Cinco
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11. Como NG
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12. Things aren't what they seem
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This album is available for download at the ITUNES MUSIC STORE

Manuel Valera-piano
Seamus Blake-sax
John Patitucci-bass
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez-Drums (tracks 2,4,5,7,10,11)
Bill Stewart-Drums (tracks 1,3,6,8,9,12)

Forma Nueva is the debut release for 23 year old Cuban Pianist Manuel Valera. Following are the liner notes from Jazz Writer Howard Mandel.

Manuel Valera unveils an intensely lyrical sensibility in his debut cd, Forma Nueva. With style and taste, he is informed by something innate. In conversation, he is modest about his musical insight and exactitude, but his approach is informed by close listening to an array of canonical and contemporary artists-Chopin to Chick Corea-as well as keyboard studies that he continues, well past the demands of any school.

Valera is no iconoclastic revolutionary, rather an innovative developmentalist. He has a rich harmonic approach and a fascination for the line between control and release. He smoothly breaks from vernacular patterns, makes a strong statement, then returns to his launching point-demonstrating mastery of structures old and new. His compositions and improvisations are muted, reflective, balladic, soothing and moving. He doesn't play hard, fast jazz here, nor folkloric Cuban music, but offers a synthesis of his influences and experiences, filtered through genuine artistry, springing a fresh and distinctive take on the enduring, malleable tradition of Latin jazz.

Yes, he's steeped in composers of compatible sensibilities, yet he sounds like no one so much as himself. It's an unalloyed pleasure to discover a young man so accomplished that his potential seems boundless. Pianist-composer Manuel Valera promises, and indeed delivers, throughout Forma Nueva.

-Howard Mandel

More on Manuel:

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.

In late October, just two days after his 23rd birthday, Manuel recorded his debut cd, Forma Nueva-a modern jazz cd of contemporary originals featuring John Patitucci, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Bill Stewart and Seamus Blake.

Currently, Manuel leads a jazz/latin project, which incorporates world rhythms and classical concepts in the jazz idiom, featuring Antonio Sánchez (drums), Ben Street (bass), Seamus Blake (sax), Luisito Quintero (perc) and a string quartet.

The son of Cuban saxophonist Manuel Valera Senior, he has played with Paquito D' Rivera, John Benitez, Donny McCaslin, Claudio Roditi, Bobby Sanabria, Giovanni Hildago, Dave Valentin, Nelson Gonzales, Juan Pablo Torres, William Cepeda, Eddie Gomez and the Machito Orchestra. Manuel has performed and recorded with salsa singer George Lamond and has studied with Reggie Workman, George Garzone, Jane Ira Bloom, Gerard D'Angelo and Richie Bierach among others. He has performed as sideman at various clubs around New York City, including the Blue Note, Birdland, the 55 Bar, Sweet Rhythm and Smoke. Manuel graduated from Havana's Conservatory Manuel Saumell and from the New School University in New York City with a performance degree. Manuel won second place in the 2004 Great American Jazz Competition.


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Manuel Valera has a God given gift.He captures the essence of the inner being.
There is music that I enjoy, then there is music that hits my soul. This CD is superb from the 1st title to the last. EXCELLENT listening. BRAVO MANUEL!!!!!!


The best CD I've heard all year!
It is common that I like 2-3 tunes off a CD, but rare that I enjoy every tune!! This CD is great!!

Scott Yanow

Pianist Manuel Valera combines together the influences of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock with a mastery of Afro-Cuban jazz to form his own fresh style. On this modern mainstream set, Valera excels at both straight-ahead and Latin rhythms. Most selections feature a trio with the brilliant bassist John Patitucci and either Horacio Hernández or Bill Stewart on drums, while four numbers add guest saxophonist Seamus Blake. Valera's post-bop originals (all but two of the dozen songs are his) tend to be complex, but some are a bit more accessible than expected due to the rhythmic patterns. The tender version of "Say It (Over and Over Again)" is a change of pace and quite memorable. Overall, this CD serves as proof that Manuel Valera, despite not being that well known yet, is a brilliant and potentially great jazz pianist. Recommended.

Matt Parker

Amazing composer, soloist
I saw Manuel Valera live in NYC a few weeks ago with the Michele Marie quartet. He stole the entire show, which is saying a lot since the rest of the musicians were excellent.

Many of the compositions on this CD expand the A-A-B-A format we all know with complex rhythms and variations. The recording itself is superb - Bill Stewart's drums sound unbelievable.

You owe it to yourself to buy this album........ then tell all of your friends about it, and make them buy it, and force them to do the same, etc............