Pre-order available now: Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band

We’re launching the pre-order for the new big band album from pianist Manuel Valera!

José Martí en Nueva York is inspired by famed Cuban writer and independence hero José Martí and features Valera’s New Cuban Express Big Band, an eighteen-piece big band featuring some great New York musicians. The album features Valera’s settings of nine on seminal poems from Martí’s 1891 collection, “Versos Sencillos.” The texts are set for two outstanding vocalists, Sofia Rei and Camila Meza.

The first single is “Yo Quiero Salir Del Mundo / Yo Pienso Cuando Me Alegro,” a setting of two Martí poems sung by Camila Meza and featuring solos by saxophonist Joel Frahm and trumpeter David Smith.

Available on CD and digital, you can pre-order the album now on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. You can stream the first single on SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music.