born, L.A. based, and world influenced bass player Roberto
Vally calls as his influences Paul Jackson, Stanley Clarke,
and Jaco Pastorius. He has played with Michael Franks, Bobby
Caldwell, Paul Brown, Boney James, Boz Scaggs, Arturo
Sandoval, Michael Lington, and Randy Crawford. Meanwhile you
can add the rest of the smooth jazz cats to this list.
His first solo album was Boom Boom Boom (2013),
described by Vally as an eclectic mix of chill, lounge,
world, and smooth jazz. His sophomore album Pure Lines
(2017) just hits the stores. The album is a collaboration of
Roberto Vally and Jeff Carruthers, who performs keyboards,
guitars and programming.
As additional musicians are mentioned in the liner notes
Dave Karasony (drums), Enrique Martinez (accordion), Andrew
Neu (sax), Marc Antoine (guitar, vocals), Michiyo Kitagawa
(sax), Tom Schuman (keyboards, piano), Gregg Manning
(keyboards), Ramses Araya (percussion), Paul Brown, Carlyle
Barriteau, Federico Ramos (guitars), Nick Cedillo (trumpet,
sax, trombone), Fabiana Passoni (vocals), and Christine
Carruthers (background vocals).
Robert takes us on his dream trip with Come With Me.
Although it is the album of a bassist, the bass does not
push itself into the foreground, but holds back elegantly
with acoustic noblesse. Keyboardist Greg Manning assumes the
role of lead instrumentalist with natural verve. Andalusia,
the southern community in Spain, is rich of cultures,
Hispano-Moorish architectural styles and the flamenco.
Andaluzia, is the Portuguese term of this region and
Roberto's musical emulation of Spanish attractiveness.
Enrique Martinez on accordion and Jeff Carruthers on guitar
add fine-drawn depth and texture to the Spanish flavor.
The rhythm emphasized Jungle Lounge beats with the
machete of virtuosity through the leaf forest of average
path of exciting groove. Namarados is the
Portuguese word for boyfriends. In the absence of an
understanding of this language, we can only grasp this song
on the emotional level. We are helped immensely in this
undertaking by Roberto's resounding bass and the inimitable
Via Flamenco is the connecting link between
regions, civilizations and religions. With a wealth of
creativity and imagination emulgates
European and Arabic culture to the magic of music.
Vinnie's Vendetta is an onomatopoeic description of the
chilling sound structure expertly chiseled by accordion and
acoustic bass. Roberto raises the game with Bougarabou,
the word for a set of drums commonly used in West Africa.
Roberto didn't search the literal approach but successfully
reached the tribal intenseness of its ethnic environment.
The vivacious passion of Tango Nuevo is
authentically celebrated by Roberto on bass,
Enrique Martinez on accordion, and Federico Ramos on guitar.
The fervent embrace of two intimate dancers finds its
soulful harmony and unison consonance. The sonic foray
Rude Boy drives into reggae land. The stint is guided
by Nick Cedillo on
everything that sounds like a good horn. My Sweet
Grace is merging emotionality and intelligence on the
highest level, a cool chill out tune featuring
Carlyle Barriteau on guitar.
Pure Lines is as far away from predictability as
the North from the South Pole. An album that gives the bass
its rightful place, and the listener an incredible
incentive. Roberto Vally deserves our utmost respect and
recognition for this piece of true passion for music.