Guitarist Johnnie Valentino lists "sound designer on his resume, and his Eight Shorts in Search of David Lynch demonstrates the craft. Valentino designs "sound beds, manipulated found sound environments with which the improvisers interact. Each captures a mood, with ambient dream world synergies seeping in, a la Lynch. The worlds spun by these musicians materialize before the mind's eye, each an original sound vignette.
Large throbbing tones, with processed spider guitar running on snare webs, open "Ambiguity. Erik Friedlander's expressive cello anchors the swirling metallic signals and Valentino's jumpy tumbling guitar line. Mike Sarin's mallets strike swift and crisp out of thick electronic pulses. An industrial loop and sirens remind the listener of Valentino's love of Varese on "Exploration. Randy Jones' tuba and Russ Johnson's muted trumpet join the metallic sounds scraping and humming around them with Valentino's distortion disguised guitar buzzing through channels. Occasional titanic bass drum thump recalls Noh play music.
Naked exotica permeates "Under Current, with resonating tabla samples and floating wordless vocals interacting with Vinny Golia's protean flute improvisations. Valentino plays acoustic, possibly mandolin or shamisen, with a bright string instrument sample circulating the channels. "Components buzzes and hums with in amorphous metallic echo, acoustic guitar notes occasionally turning backward on themselves. Johnson's trumpet warms the spaceways with Mick Rossi supportive on piano.
Golia returns to a low flute playing with whales, electronic echo, and a tape of himself on the moving "Unveiled. Johnson pierces the dream sounds with trumpet flash on "Concrete Irrationality. Oozing and trickling electronic distortions blow through with Sarin, giving the robot a pulse.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.