2006 MAVO Records

Cuban pianist's sophomore record featuring Antonio Sanchez, Seamus Blake, Ben Street, Luisito quintero and a string quartet performing original compositions with Jazz, Cuban and Classical influences.

Melancolía

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  • Cuban pianist's sophomore record featuring Antonio Sanchez, Seamus Blake, Ben Street, Luisito quintero and a string quartet performing original compositions with Jazz, Cuban and Classical influences.

    Melancolía is the much-anticipated follow-up CD to Forma Nueva, the acclaimed recording debut as a leader by the talented Cuban pianist/composer Manuel Valera.

    A modern jazz project incorporating improvisation along with world rhythms and classical concepts, Melancolía showcases 11 Valera originals and inventive arrangements of the C# Minor
    Prelude by Sergei Rachmaninoff and “O Melancolîa,” a popular song by Cuban composer Silvio Rodriguez performed by a jazz quintet accompanied on selected tracks by a classical string quartet.

    Manuel Valera’s equanimity as a composer and arranger is astounding fresh, with each defined stroke of the key you’ll find his talent simply invigorating.

    Manuel Valera - piano / leader
    Seamus Blake - saxophones
    Ben Street - bass
    Antonio Sanchez - drums
    Luisito Quintero - percussion

    STRING QUARTET
    Joyce Hanann - violin 1
    Kishibashi - violin II
    Nat Maneri - viola
    Chris Hoffman - cello

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