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Dave Valentin - Live at the Blue Note

9-11-2015, 04:50

Title: Live at the Blue Note
Year Of Release: 1988
Label: GRP Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time: 57:18 min
Total Size: 132 MB

01. Cinnamon and Clove
02. Columbus Avenue
03. Footprints
04. Mountain Song
05. Marcoshino
06. Shamballa
07. Blackbird
08. Monkey Buttons
09. Dansette
10. Afro Blue

Aggressive and incendiary, yet also languid and sensitive, Dave Valentin's Live at the Blue Note not only demonstrates this artist's wide range, but the rich possibilities for the Latin jazz genre at large. Performing material from the pen of some of the great voices of his day, including Milton Nascimento's "Cinnamon and Clove" and Dave Grusin's "Marcosinho," Valentin brings a variety of both well- and lesser-known compositions to the table. All are treated with sensitive individuality, ranging in style from three-fourths samba to rhumba to funk, all performed expertly. This is thanks, no doubt, to the A-list players on the date, including premier Afro-Cuban drummer Robby Ameen, conga virtuoso Giovanni Hidalgo, the brilliant Lincoln Goines on bass, and Latin jazz staple Bill O'Connell on piano and keys.

To the modern listener, this 1988 date might sound dated at times, thanks primarily to the compressed, fat tone of the recording, and the occasional yet liberal application of processors on the part of Valentin. It is because of these considerations that Valentin enthusiasts are no doubt thankful that this is a live recording, and hence dodged some of the era's greater production sins. All things considered, Live at the Blue Note escaped the late-'80s virtually unscathed. Bursting with energy and stylistic innovation, this could be Valentin at his very finest. ~ Evan C.Gutierrez

Personnel: Dave Valentin (flute, bamboo flute, pan flute, pipe); Bill O'Connell (electric piano); Robby Ameen (drums); Giovanni Hidalgo (congas, percussion).

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