New York flutist Dave Valentin gigged as a teenager on congas before studying with Hubert Laws and taking his flute talents seriously. Today he’s musical director for Tito Puente and firmly rooted in the Latin jazz tradition.
Valentin’s latest album crosses a variety of styles, from the modern mainstream spark of "Space Cadet" to the smooth jazz melodies of "Reunion" and "Sunshower," the funk groove of "Embers" and "Porkchops," and the Latin dance of "Bandit" and "Subway Six," both of which exude a Disney appeal. Valentin’s bias for accessible melody over rhythmic variety and improvisation insure that his appeal will remain commercially successful. Fortunately, he’s added a pinch of salsa to the mix, so that his audience will extend beyond smooth jazz radio airwave boundaries.
Track Listing: Reunion; Sunshower; Embers; Bandit; Porkchops; I Got it Bad (And That Ain
Personnel: Dave Valentin- C flute, alto flute on "Space Cadet" and "I Got It Bad," piccolo added for "Porkchops;" Bill O
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.