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Valera, Manuel Trio / Planets, The
Album:Planets, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Valera, Manuel Trio Added:05/2018
Label:Mavo Records 

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Add Date:2018-05-21 Pull Date:2018-07-23 Charts:Jazz

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-05-06 
Reviewed: 2018-05-05
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: Ranging fiercely across the 88s—fanciful, fluid chromatic runs accompanying thunderous, chunky chords—Valera with his stellar rhythm section, lay down the law of what makes, and what is expected of, contemporary piano trios: roller coasters of ideas and invigorating variations on theme & emotion. Music to shake the malaise.
If You Like: McCoy Tyner, Les McCann
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ Sun Prelude 1 (1:43) – piano starts slow swings to midtempo
*2/ Mercury - The Messenger (4:54) – piano starts fast> fast jam> lightning fast piano solo> fast jam> quick stop
3/ Sun Prelude 2 (2:10) – piano starts midtempo & quiet> duet with bass> midtempo jam> slow fade
4/ Venus – Peace (4:22) – piano starts> slow jam swings to midtempo & slows again to quick stop
5/ Intro To Earth (1:32) – piano starts> midtempo dancing jam> quick stop
*6/ Earth - The History Of Us (4:32) – piano starts with heavy chords> uptempo ragged jam> rocking piano solo slows to midtempo jam, then swings back into uptempo swinging jam> blistering piano solo> rocking uptempo jam> fade & crescendo end
*7/ Mars - Ancient Warrior (5:18) – piano starts> uptempo jam> off-kilter piano solo> bass solo> fast jam> quick stop
8/ Sun Prelude 3 (1:10) – piano starts> fast jam> crescendo end
*9/ Jupiter - Joyous Thunder (6:17) – piano starts midtempo quickly builds to heavy uptempo jam> frenetic fast tempo piano solo> swinging fast tempo jam> drum solo over repetitive riffs> uptempo jam> quick stop
10/ Saturn - The Wise One (4:51) – piano starts slow & ponderous> bass solo> piano solo> slow jam> piano solo swings to midtempo jam> crescendo end
*11/ Uranus - Morphing Skies (5:49) – drums start> midtempo jam> piano solo> midtempo jam> piano solo swings uptempo> uptempo jam> piano solo drops to midtempo jam> drum solo> uptempo jam> quick stop
12/ Neptune - Prophet Of The Seas (5:40) – drums start> uptempo jam with meshing solos> piano solo swings to fast tempo> fast jam> slows to uptempo> crescendo end
*13/ Llora (4:20) – piano starts with cascading waves of notes> midtempo jam> piano solo> jam> quick fade
*14/ Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters (5:01) – piano starts midtempo & stately> slow jam> piano solo soars to midtempo> midtempo jam morphs into uptempo> then slows to fade

Track Listing
1.Sun Prelude 1 8.Sun Prelude 3
2.Mercury - The Messenger 9.Jupiter - Joyous Thunder
3.Sun Prelude 2 10.Saturn - The Wise One
4.Venus - Peace 11.Uranus - Morphing Skies
5.Intro To Earth 12.Neptune - Prophet Of The Seas
6.Earth - The History Of Us 13.Llora
7.Mars - Ancient Warrior 14.Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters