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Manuel Valera: Self Portrait

Although he’s never strayed that far from Afro-Cuban jazz traditions in his music, neither has the Havana-born Manuel Valera restricted himself to them. For Self Portrait, his debut solo piano recording, he ventures even further afield, using the occasion to showcase other key influences: Three numbered “Impromptu” pieces (one each for George Gershwin, Erik Satie … Read More “Manuel Valera: Self Portrait”

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David Berkman: Self-Portrait

David Berkman, an inventive pianist and accomplished composer and bandleader, is in a reflective, romantic mood on this solo outing. He turns in lovely, faithful renditions of Jerome Kern’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” and Jimmy Van Heusen’s “It Could Happen to You,” then takes great liberties on highly impressionistic, barely … Read More “David Berkman: Self-Portrait”

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