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2006 Fresh Sound New Talent

Third album recorded with bassist Ben Street and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Seamus Blake is featured on two tracks.


  • "Modern jazz, American style, played by a Cuban pianist with an American rhythm section of Ben Street on bass and Adam Cruz on drums. Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone allows Valera’s harmonic sense to really come out, comping behind the long and twisted lines. Valera’s own playing is strong and modern and insistent, and for a debut recording Historia isn’t just suggestive of good things to come, it’s just good. It’s thoughtful, also, shadowing the best of say, Andrew Hill, if he’d been a touch more like McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock. Highly Recommended.
    - Peter Watrous,

    Manuel Valera | piano
    Ben Street | bass
    Antonio Sanchez | drums
    Seamus Blake | saxophone
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