The best of “Take Off” really makes the case for the pianist and his trio. Valle hits his notes with such clarity and strings them together so well, he makes the piano sing. When he keeps it crisp he can hardly go wrong with percolating drums and bass at his back. “Take Off” knocks me out.
– NPR “FRESH AIR”
“In “Take Off”, the Cuban pianist has returned to a trio formation with two compatriots, Omar Rodriguez Calvo on bass and Ernesto Simpson on drums. There is a deluxe version of this album with a DVD that is particularly recommended because of Valle’s typically entertaining way of telling his studio audience something about the tracks.” – JAZZISM MAGAZINE
“Valle is a bundle of energy” – JAZZISM MAGAZINE
“His classical training and Cuban background are certainly still evident, without this being at the expense of the harmonic inventiveness. He even manages to introduce rhythmic excitement into Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” – JAZZISM MAGAZINE
“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