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Ramon Valle

Cuban pianist Ramon Valle is a seasoned veteran with the explosive energy of a racehorse straight out of the gate. At this pivotal point in his career, Valle is on the runway and primed for TAKE OFF.

Ramon’s stage presence is commanding, whether within the ranks of an orchestra or leading a trio. His performances and stage presence are charismatic, his music – intoxicating. No longer a diamond-in-the-rough, he is the perfectly cut gem. “Sometimes I feel like a troubadour,” he says, “because I tell stories, but stories without words.”

Under the guidance and Management of world-renown Producer Suzi Reynolds, Valle’s career has been sculpted to not only showcase his versatility as a composer, arranger, and performer of his own works, but on his forthcoming release, also offers his own ‘take-offs’ on the great works of other artists, passionately interpreting the harmonies of Stevie Wonder, the poignant lyrics of Leonard Cohen and the spirit of John Coltrane.

Valle was only seven when he began studying the piano at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in his hometown of Holguín, Cuba. He later completed his advanced studies at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. After establishing himself on the jazz festival scene in Mexico, Bogota and Havana, the great Cuban pianist and founder of Irakere, Chucho Valdés, declared Ramon Valle “The greatest talents among our young pianists,” when introducing Ramon on his debut album, Levitando in 1993. Valle’s original composition, Levitando, has since become a well known Cuban anthem around the world.

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“Valle is a more open, overly emotional piano – trio master than Brad Meldhau. McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea are the musicians who come to mind as comparisons. He is a formidably sophisticated player rooted in Cuban jazz, but drawing on resources way beyond the usual suspects the idiom usually calls up.”

– THE GUARDIAN, LONDON

“Valle is equally adept at intensely swinging like Oscar Peterson – but with a groove that reflects the syncopation of the Afro-Cuban clave-playing pop music or reveling in the island’s many traditional rhythms. And like any of the pianists who record for ECM, Valle can draw the curtain down around himself and play powerfully introspective music.”

– JAZZTIMES

“Technical virtuosity and a unique improvisational style deeply influenced by his love for classical music and his Cuban heritage are the ingredients of this young piano player.”

– JAZZIZ MAGAZINE

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Date Detail Price
Feb9Sat
20:00
Ramon Valle Trio
Cg Den Breughel
Haacht, Belgium
Mar15Fri
20:30
Ramon Valle Trio & Rick Margitza
Willem Twee Concertzaal
Den Bosch, Netherlands
Mar16Sat
20:30
Ramon Valle
Tivoli/vredenburg
Utrecht, Netherlands
Mar28Thu
20:00
Ramon Valle Trio & The Latin Jazz Sinfonica
Wackerhalle Burghausen
Burghausen, Germany

Discography

Take OFF

Take OFF

In + Out Records
2015

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Fabulas

Fabulas

BMC Music
2009

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Playground

Playground

RVS Music
2009

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No Escape

No Escape

ACT Music
2004

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