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Manuel Valera Trio – The Seasons

Does Manuel Valera ever get tired? If the pace of his releasing new music, or joining another artist’s session, is any indication, the answer to that is an emphatic no.

Six albums of his own in just four years, not counting other projects. And he’s done them in various configurations: solo piano, his groups New Cuban Express and Groove Square. Now, in trio format, he presents The Seasons (Mavo Records, 2017).

Accompanists are Hans Glawischnig, bass; and E.J. Strickland, drums.

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Manuel Valera Trio – Live at Firehouse 12

Five albums in less than two years, including four as a leader? Unheard of. But pianist Manuel Valera has done it.

In late 2013, with his band, New Cuban Express, Valera released Exectativas. In early 2014, he released Self Portrait, a solo piano effort. Later in the year, he joined his father, Manuel Valera Sr., for Recuerdos. And again in 2014, with New Cuban Express, he released In Motion.

Valera is clearly a musician who loves to play, and he loves to share what he’s playing. The Manuel Valera Trio now releases Live at Firehouse 12 (Mavo Records, 2015). With Valera are bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer EJ Strickland.

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