MANUEL VALERA SR

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Mr. Valera is a superb alto saxophonist with a sinewy, yet mellow tone that seems to take its cue from the likes of Lester Young. And when he plays soprano he sounds like an excited bird in flight, swooping down to show off its exquisiteness from time to time. Mr. Valera has a voice of his own. His soaring (and dipping) intonation is described in arcs that are wide and wondrous. These are, somehow, more pronounced when he plays the soprano saxophone, although his lines on alto might also curve in magnificent parabolas, laced with the décor befitting a splendid baroque ornament. However, Mr. Valera can also be utterly simple in the short soli that he takes, in deference to the utter simplicity of the nature of the bolero. He expresses himself with a wonderful choice of notes. This speaks to his masterly musicianship as well as to his rare read more...
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