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Live At Firehouse 12

by Manuel Valera Trio

A live performance of Manuel Valera's Trio with Hans Glawischnig and EJ Strickland at Firehouse 12!!
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Spiral (Live)
12:11 $0.99
2. Wayne (Live)
7:54 $0.99
3. Footprints (Live)
9:17 $0.99
4. Distancia (Live)
6:30 $0.99
5. En Route (Live)
7:18 $0.99
6. Intermezzo sinfonico (From Cavalleria Rusticana) [Live]
6:28 $0.99
7. Lirico (Live)
6:12 $0.99
8. Century (Live)
8:18 $0.99
9. New Waltz (Bonus Track) [Live]
9:48 $0.99
10. Journey Home (Bonus Track) [Live]
9:19 $0.99
11. Just Out of Time (Bonus Track) [Live]
2:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
Manuel Valera -- Piano
Hans Glawischnig -- Bass
EJ Strickland -- Drums

Recorded live october 10, 2014 at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT

For more than a decade, pianist Manuel Valera has been redefining the role of his instrument in Afro-Cuban jazz. All About Jazz called his 2012 Grammy nominated release New Cuban Express “a killer vehicle that rides the rails of excitement from start to finish,” the Village Voice wrote that Valera “lives up to all the buzz about the rad chops flaunted by many of New York’s young Caribbean jazzers,” and Billboard raved that he “leaves no doubt that he’s destined to play a role in the future of jazz.”

That future is here now with the arrival of the Manuel Valera Trio’s Live at Firehouse 12 (Mavo Records, April 29th, 2015), Valera’s 10th album as a leader and first live outing. Recorded last October at the renowned New Haven club famous for showcasing cutting-edge jazz, Live at Firehouse 12 is the first release in ‘trio” format in six years for Valera. The current version is a working group that now features acoustic bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer EJ Strickland. It follows 2009’s Currents, and amply displays Valera’s evolution as composer, player and bandleader.

Produced by Valera, the recording features eight workouts, six of them Valera originals and the other two—Wayne Shorter’s classic “Footprints” and Pietro Mascagni’s “Intermezzo Sinfonico (from Cavalleria Rusticana)”—insightful and exciting rearrangements. Some of the original compositions, says Valera, “are recent, but two of them, ‘Wayne” and ‘Lirici,’ are among the first compositions I ever wrote.”

“Wayne,” of course, was inspired by the above-mentioned Mr. Shorter and is typical of the juxtaposition of selfless thoughtfulness and no-holds-barred experimentalism that Valera and the trio exhibit throughout the set. Of the other tracks, “Spiral” was originally featured on Valera’s debut solo album Self-Portrait, about which JazzTimes enthused, “His technique is off the charts,” while “Distancia,” says Valera, “was composed while I was away from my family in India for seven weeks.” If “Cavalleria Rusticana” rings familiar, it may be from a performance of Mascagni’s opera or, quite possibly, from the films Raging Bull (where Valera first heard it) or The Godfather Part III).

Live at Firehouse 12 reinvigorates familiar piano trio configuration, straddling the lines between Latin conventions, postbop drive and an unbridled passion to explore “in a way,” as the All Music Guide said, “that the vast majority of listeners will find tuneful, accessible and joyous.”



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