is Carlos Vera L. on Vibraphone, Jeff Miles on Guitar and Rodrigo Recabarren on drums. This baseless trio has a distinct and unique sound. Their debut album “Borderfall” has been cataloged as one of the best releases of 2012 by CriticalJazz.com.Novas Trio started in 2011 when Rodrigo and Carlos decided to perform without bass and investigate the possibilities this strange marriage of instruments might deliver. Jeff joined a year later, just before the recording of “Borderfall” in February 2012. Recorded at Mighty Toad Studios in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, “Borderfall” (Discos Pendiente DP17) was released worldwide in 2013 during a summer tour of Chile, where the band collaborated in a live performance with illustrator Frannerd (who imagined the artwork for the album), and later in New York City, where the press received the album with praise.
From San Diego California, Jeff is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand musicians on the New York music scene. The winner of the 2008 Montreux Jazz Guitar competition, Jeff began studying classical piano at the age of six and picked up the guitar at twelve. In 2004 he moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music on scholarship. Featured on numerous recordings, Jeff is sought after for his orchestral pallet of sounds and blistering, evocative improvisations. He has performed around the world in venues such as The Monterrey Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Las Condes Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, Bar Next Door and Smalls Jazz Club . He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
I am not keen on labels (anymore) however as a necessary evil, “sounds like?” is certainly a fair question. There is an open ended abstraction of a John Abercrombie/ Gary Burton/ Paul Motion vibe going on. Harmonically and lyrically there is that distinct gift of playing with purpose that is infectious. Vera is a virtuoso on vibes. Miles is a beast on guitar, as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient. Recabarren owns the pocket while providing the sonic nuances that bring this trio together as one voice. Atari Blues and Crystal Spire open the set and are two personal favorites with controlled sonic fury and instrumental prowess rarely seen. (…) Easily one of the best of the year. It is like Stan Getz and Latin vibe master Cal Tjader never really left, they just took their sound up a notch!” – Brent Black, www.CriticalJazz.com
The Bass-less combo has an aury aura, anchored by the guitar’s low strings, with Vera’s shimmering arpeggios floating atop.(…), the trio plays jazz with a rock ethos, closer to Radiohead, with jangly rhythms, spiky harmonies, quirky riffing and legato leads. Vera is in fine form over “KSR” while Miles hits his peak on “Desorientado” with rippling lines and unusual intervalic leaps.” – Tom Greenland, The New York Jazz Record, December 2012