listening too Ramon Valle’s relentless
piano stylings one immediately recognizes the Trio’s appetite
for a serving of jazz that’s sparkled with Cuban rhythmic
flavorings topped with a phat scoop of well-seasoned jazz
improvisation making his current offering “NoEscape”
is a noteworthy project that expresses a more than adequate measure of
Valle’s vast repertoire as a pianist and composer.
focus as a pianist and composer is on point; he redefines Latin
Jazz throughout, as I here it on “No Escape”. The Trio’s
unwavering melodies are precise excelling beyond expectation. After a
few moments on the opener “Vigia”,Ramon
and crew quickly establishes their purpose here by navigating through
this terrain of ridged harmonies sculpting this timeless masterpiece
one note at a time.
“De Vuelta a Casa”
is an expressive transitional piece featuring Valle. Soonthereafter,I find myself stunned by the cohesiveness of the Trio. Casa
moves sinuously back and forth as the Trio binds and stretches
notes simultaneously without any lingering particles floating in the
raises a few notches with “Forty Degrees” as bassist Calvo
and drummer Torriente anchors the infectious habitats keeping
time as Valle approaches the piano in a Michel Camilo like
proficiency. “Forty Degrees” lends itself to“fusion”;
perhaps the Trios impetus mobility presses them in a
vertical position requiring the passenger to buckle up and get ready
to take flight on this arousing musical journey.
Coltrane” nevertheless the title speaks for itself. Any jazz
musician worth their weight in gold should pay homage to “Trane”
at some point during they’re career. Valle works the keys
adorably on Viva Coltrane; the med-tempo strideby the Trio
echoes the realness of its forefathers of jazz.
At the five spot is a piece
called “Andar por Dentro”. Valle labors in solitude
caressing the keys with poignant accuracy. Valle accentuates
each note eloquently; his classical training plays a pivotal role in
achieving his goal on this selection.
on the next track called “Ilegal”; the Trio keeps
time by exceeding the fundamentals of jazz with a stellar performance
as they get down into the nitty-gritty of things without expecting
flavorings of the Ramon Valle Trio continues to accentuate the
positive attributes of Ramon’s compositions with “Alice
Blues”, is a scrupulously satisfying display of melodicism at
it’s very best.
itself within the same framework as the prior composition.
Ramon’s clever piano phrasings are enchanting; the harmonies are
filled with depth and imagination.
journey on “No Escape” appears to thrive on nurturing the
relationship between the listener and compositions. “Kimbara Pa Nico” is a prime example of diversity that
dwells in the mindset of Valle’s expansive vocabulary.
the prominent fixture throughout this powerful collection of music on
Valle’s second effort as a leader; case in point tracks titled “Brindemos
& Pesadilla”. While latter two tracks are pretty much
structured in the cavity of jazz, Valle humbly wraps himself
beyond the scope of things by chiming in on what’s already been done
therefore; with his gift he’s able to elevate his music by infusing
the lyrical components of his exquisite array of graciously flawless
music giving us something fresh to bite into musically.
music of the Ramon Valle Trio has truly been heaven sent for
me. Born in Cuba as Luis Ramon ValleSanchez, he’s
emerged asand enormous talent over the years by studying
jazz/classic and Cuban music. His compositions are creative,
elegant, gracious, flawless, and spontaneously delicious exceeding the
formalities of today’s musical boundaries. “No Escape” by
Ramon Valle Trio is a must for jazz aficionados everywhere.