Saturday, December 7, 2013

Giulia Valle...

... is a jazz bassist from Barcelona. We were in San Francisco tonight looking for something to do and dropped in on her quintet's show at SFJazz, in the intimate Joe Henderson "lab." I was skeptical at first, as the band opened hesitantly with a new, tango-inflected piece... but after that they found their groove and took the audience on a musical journey through Valle's intricate and fascinating compositions. Special kudos to her pianist, Marco Mezquida, who has a classical touch but plenty of funky rhythmic intensity. And Valle herself, a musician and composer to be reckoned with.

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