featuring Manuel Valera on piano, Felipe Lamoglia on sax, Rene Toledo on guitar, Nestor Del Prado on bass, and Alexis “Pututi” Arce on drums.
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This dynamic and prolific artist has recorded five cd’s as a bandleader. His critically acclaimed debut cd â€œForma Nuevaâ€, featuring John Patitucci, Horacio â€œEl Negroâ€ Hernandez, Bill Stewart and Seamus Blake, received nationwide airplay and garnered strong reviews in the jazz and music press: Billboard, Jazztimes, Jazziz, All Music Guide and Latin Beat among others. â€œHistoriaâ€, a jazz quartet recording for Fresh Sounds New Talent followed in 2005. Then in 2006 â€œMelancoliaâ€, which employed a string quartet incorporating world rhythms and classical concepts in the jazz idiom that opened up new vistas of compositional colors and textures across the full range of Valeraâ€™s sources. In 2007, â€œVientosâ€ represented a new working quartet, featuring bassist James Genus, drummer Ernesto Simpson and saxophonist Joel Frahm. His fifth major recording and most recent work, â€œCurrentsâ€, was released on MaxJazz on October of last year featuring Ernesto Simpson and James Genus.
Manuel’s most recent recognition for â€œVientosâ€ is the Jazziz Critics’ Choice for “The Best of 2007” and the “2007 Jazz Twirlies,” a celebration award given to those most worthy in modern jazz. He is a recipient of the 2006 Chamber Music America’s New Works Commission, the 2005 ASCAP Young Composers Award and a final nominee of the 2005 Jazz Journalist Association’s awards in the Up & Coming Musician of the Year category. Manuel also tours with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and drummer Dafnis Prieto.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!