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Read the poem,"Natural Music," by Robinson Jeffers, which appears in the CD package.
MP3s from Biophilia:
An assortment of Free MP3s since 2005:
"Valega’s tour de force, 'A Moment of Silence,' is a challenging,
shape-shifting number that puts the entire ensemble through its paces."
~~ JazzTimes by Bill Milkowski, June 2010
Drummer Vinson Valega is a most admirable artist whose thought-provoking
music is informed by a progressive social conscience. Sure, you can enjoy
these sextet tracks "for their own sake," but read between the (bar)
lines -- and also read Valega’s liner-notes essay -- for a deeper appreciation
of his music.
~~ Just Jazz, "New & Recommended CDs" by Bob Bernotas, September 2010
"...traditional jazz styles are merged with modern songwriting to create
an engaging new whole. The interplay between all of the musicians is quite
organic..and highly successful in creating a plethora of colors, while bridging
the gap between divergent styles."
~~ JazzChicago.net (.pdf) by Brad Walseth, March 2010
"Valega provides the rhythmic impetus for the music but also adds colors
that have harmonic resonance and accents that extend the melodies. He also
pays attention to the structure of the CD as a whole, mixing Hard Bop originals
with biting edges with more elegiac material and inserting at regular intervals
brief, marimba-colored interludes."
~~ Cadence Magazine (part 1) (part 2), by David Dupont, Oct-Nov-Dec 2010
"There is a lot to love on this CD, if for no other reason than to hear
a band truly listening to each other. That is an art that should never be
taken for granted. Anton Denner's flute is magical, adding pure beauty to
the Duke Ellington masterpiece, "Sunset and the Mockingbird."
~~ NY Culture Examiner by Layla Macoran, March 2010
"Deep and contemplative. An album that it is easy to highly recommend."
~~ 100 Greatest Jazz Albums
"Biophilia is recommended for “citizens of jazz” everywhere!"
~~ UrbanFlux (.pdf) by Rob Young, March 2010
"Drummer Valega keeps things moving with change-up patterns and six
original compositions. While the sextet pulls toward free and modal jazz at
times, it's merely a ruse. Within a few measures, songs return to structure
and pointed harmonies."
~~ JazzWax (.pdf) by Marc Myers, April 2010
"Valega and his group certainly bring the goods here, more than fulfilling
the drummer’s hope that “this music will celebrate what we love
most about the here and now.”
~~ Jazz Inside Magazine by Matt Marshall, May 2010
"Vinson Valega is a devoted environmental and progressive activist who
seems engaged with his craft on an aesthetic level but also, it seems, in
a profoundly logical, moral way...The strength of Biophilia lies
in that its selection of songs work with each other, performed - perhaps even
defined - in relation to each other...The record sounds tight and easy and
~~ AllAboutJazz Magazine by Karla Cornejo, May 2010. Online at AllAboutJazz.com
"It sometimes erupts into weirdness...which is good."
~~ Burning Ambulance, by Phil Freeman, May 2010
“Biophilia” is a jazz album that has everything a listener could
~~ The Valdosta Daily Times, by Dean Poling, August 2010
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