Valera, Manuel

Mavo, 2012CD
Instrument: Piano

Issue: 18.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Latin
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 5
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: New Cuban Express is pianist Valera’s sixth album as a leader. He has great chops that we enjoyed from the opening title track. The program celebrates Cuban music while infusing contemporary fusion and funk elements. The band is a quintet that is up to the task and they impart a great deal of energy in a very balanced set. The music is easy to warm up to and really swings especially on “Upwards”, “Poly” and “Makuta”.


Publicist: Two for the Show Media