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Cuban Jazz Pianist & Composer Manuel Valera Makes Impressive Recording Debut As Leader With Release of "Forma Nueva"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11 October 2004

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Cuban Jazz Pianist & Composer Manuel Valera Makes Impressive Recording Debut As Leader With Release of “Forma Nueva"

Self-Produced Session of Original Material Features John Patitucci, Bill Stewart, Horacio “El Negro Hernandez" & Seamus Blake

Cuban jazz pianist Manuel Valera makes his impressive recording debut as a leader with the release of “Forma Nueva" (MAVO Records 1101), an authoritative set of post-bop jazz with Latin overtones that showcases his impressive skills as an instrumentalist and composer. The self-produced session of original material -- which features the all-star line-up of bassist John Patitucci, drummers Bill Stewart and Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez and saxophonist Seamus Blake -- heralds the arrival of a notable new jazz talent in no uncertain terms. In his liner notes to the CD veteran jazz journalist Howard Mandel writes: “It

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