Manual Valera Sr. – Recuerdos

Memories are what Manual Valera Sr.’s Recuerdos (Mavo Records, 2014) is all about. The program is rich with history, romance and rhythms of generations of Cubans.

The Grammy-winning Valera plays alto saxophone. His bandmates are son, Manuel Valera on piano; Hans Glawischnig on bass; Ludwig Afonso on drums and Mauricio Herrera on percussion.

“Si Me Comprendieras” is a laid-back, evening on a tropical beach piece. Valera Sr. and son each stretch out freely, getting into the moment with their respective instruments. One can visualize a moonlight gathering with some dancing on a makeshift floor while others watch the dancers and listen to the band while sipping on fruity cocktails.

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