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Artist Cory Combs Trio, with Dan Willis & John Hollenbeck
Title Valencia
Label Evander Music - Em 029 -

Valencia features twelve new compositions by San Francisco bassist and composer Cory Combs and five improvisations by the trio. Combs' compositions were written with the other members of the trio in mind while covering many different musical territories. Classic Brazilian bossa novas and choro styles are played with a modern jazz bent, and Bay Area mandolin legend Mike Marshall drops in as guest artist on one of Valencia's choro tracks.

John Hollenbeck’s drumming is world renowned, having performed with a wide variety of artists, from Fred Hersch to Kenny Wheeler. His playing is always inspired and original, full of taste and spontaneity, drawing from a rich background of styles and sounds. His own compositions and ensembles lead the cutting edge of new jazz.

Dan Willis is a bandleader, saxophonist and woodwind doubler in the New York City area. He has played with Michael Brecker’s Quindectet, John Abercrombie, Ben Monder along with many others. He has a forceful, melodic and sensitive approach to any instrument he plays. Capable of a wide range of sounds and styles, his playing always serves the music in surprising and inspiring ways.

"The Cory Combs Trio has created an eclectic album that comes highly recommended for its originality and its fresh appetite for a renewal of Jazz's growth".
- Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine