These two legendary Cuban cousins met eachother fort he first time in Havana when they were around 18 years old in the house of their aunt.
Both studying classical music at the conservatory, they soon discovered their mutual love for jazz. Secretly they often strayed from their classical repertoire to completely surrender to the freedom of improvisation.
After finishing the conservatory they both went their own ways and had their own international careers.
Ramón Valle became famous recording over 10 CD's and is playing internationaly on all the big (jazz) stages around the world.
Maraca played for years in one of Cuba's most famous bands "Irakere" and got nominated for a grammy with one of his own CD's "Tremenda Rumba".
Now, after more than 30 years , these two virtuoso musicians recorded their first album together.
This duo CD is all about remaining their family ties and celebrating their love for music.
"The Art of Two" will be released in Sept/Oct of 2016 with In+Out Records.
Ramon Valle has become known as “the Other Face of Cuban Jazz.” Though he and his trio members are Cuban, their Latin rhythms are unexpected. This is modern jazz played by Cubans. “TAKE OFF” is a studio CD recording and “in-studio” DVD concert with a live studio audience. This Limited Deluxe CD/DVD Edition spotlights this distinctive pianist’s golden-touch on the keyboard and his gift for creating original memorable melodies.
It is also the result of Valle’s exclusive on-going collaboration with well-known NYC Producer/Manager, Suzi Reynolds, known for her work with such legendary international artists as Freddy Cole, George Mraz, Howard Johnson, Roberta Flack, Raul Midon, Lynne Arriale, and Rufus Reid – double Grammy Nominee and iconic bassist. Here, as never before, Ramon’s ‘TAKE-OFF’ on several jazz/pop classic standards and new originals destined to become new standards, create the launching pad for Ramon’s own career to ‘TAKE OFF’ on a grand scale internationally.
Valle is supported by double bassist, Omar Rodriguez Calvo, whose imaginative and colorful syncopated playing mirrors Ramon’s, has also performed with Roy Hargrove, Mike Stern and Germany’s well-known Tingvall Trio; and drummer Ernesto Simpson, whose work has been featured with Herbie Hancock, Paquito D'Rivera, and Richard Bona.
Valle has been featured on international stages as: The London Jazz Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Havana Jazz festival, Bogotá Jazz Festival/Colombia, Montreux Jazz Festival, Leverkusen Festival, Piano Solo Festival/Prague, Capetown Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Johannesburg Jazz Festival, Hungarian Jazz Festival/Budapest, Israel’s Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, and tours in Barcelona, Luxembourg, Austria, France, Belgium, Mexico, with multiple performances at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, where he now resides.
Internationally published journalist, Scott H. Thompson, observes in the liner notes, “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.”
“Valle is a more open, overly emotional piano – trio master than Brad Meldhau. Mcoy 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 USA