bass player Roberto Vally is famous in the music scene like
a colorful dog. The list of musicians he played with is
endless and reads like a who's who of the jazz, smooth jazz
and R&B scene.
Relatively late he started his solo career with the album Boom Boom Boom
(2013), followed by Pure Lines
(2017). Tranquila (2020) is his third project.
Roberto performs on his new album bass and programming.
He is supported by Jeff Carruthers (keyboards, guitars,
programming), Michiyo Kitagawa, Andrew Neu
(sax), Tom Schuman (keyboards, synths, piano, Moog), Carlyle Barriteau
(guitars), Saskia Mount Zion, Daniela Soledade, Caro
Pierotto (vocals), Ron King,
Rob Zinn, Chris Todesco
(trumpet), David Benoit (piano), Tim Redfield (additional
sound design), Peter White (acoustic guitar, piano),
Rob Mullins (piano).
When three musical geniuses come together to create magic
like Mister Beast, then you can expect contemporary
jazz at its best. Vally's dynamic bass and rhythm drive the
keyboardists Tom Schuman and Jeff Caruthers to breathtaking
Good News Natty meanders in a deep growling
Reggaeton song featuring singer Saskia Mount Zion and Ron
King on muted trumpet, who sounds like the resurrected jazz
legend Miles Davis.
And Then She Said… presents distinguished doyen
David Benoit on piano who reaches into the keys in his
well-known way. A Minha Dor is a Portuguese Samba
song featuring vocalist
and Andrew Neu on flute. Fans of the Brazilian jazz singer
Flora Purim will love this inspirational and soulful ballad.
Daniela Soledade is a young musician from Rio de Janeiro and
the Bossa Nova runs deep in her veins, her father and her
grandfather were entirely involved in the Brazilian music
Blue Horizons features Peter White's guitar
artistry in a supersonic multi-colored atmospheric flow.
Yasashiku means in the Japanese language "gentle".
Michiyo Kitagawa celebrates her sax with great sweetness and
Jeff Carruthers ensnares the melody with caressing tones on
the acoustic guitar.
The Latin tinged Rush Hour unites trumpeter Rob
Zinn, pianist Rob Mullins, saxophonist Andrew Neu, bassist
Roberto Vally and keyboardist Jeff Carruthers to a tour de
virtuosity. Na Sedução (In The Seduction) features
the attractive L.A. based singer
Caro Pierotto, who still has a vain strong relationship with
her Brazilian homeland. Surprisingly you don't listen to a
Samba but to a Reggae emphasized song.
The shuffling Down for the Third Time intertwines
Roberto's wonderful voice with
crystal clear trumpet. The vast majority of bassists put
their instrument at the center of their solo albums.
Roberto, on the other hand, keeps his distance on this album
and gives his fellow players plenty of room to unfold, which
is to the benefit of the album as a whole. Tranquila
which concludes the album, is an exception. There is nothing
like the deep sonorous sound of an upright bass. With Tom
Schuman and Jeff Carruthers Roberto creates a multi-layered
sound structure reminiscent of the legendary albums of Pat
Metheny and Lyle Mays.
Roberto Vally's album Tranquila is one of those
rare albums that seduce you to play it several times. We owe
this to the extraordinary stylistic variety, the exquisite
interplay of all musicians at the highest artistic level and
at the same time maximum entertainment value.