Victor Valente | New Life

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New Life

by Victor Valente

American post bop with a twist funk and hip hop.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Nyjuan Lee Intro
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2. Message From Heaven
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3. New Life
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4. Different Circles (Nyjuan Lee)
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5. So Far Away
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6. To the Man Behind the Stars
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7. No One in This World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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South Coast Massachusetts and New York City Native, Victor Valente started early on Spinning records as a hip hop Dj in the early 80's as a member of Afrika Bambatta's Zulu Nation. As a Dj, Victor became exsposed to many genres of music such as Jazz, Funk and Fusion in search of break beats to spin while the Mcees motivated the crowd.

Victor began producing local rappers taking his first steps into producing, while reading books on music theory and taking piano lessons. By the early 90's Victor met engineer Rock Smith while in a session at DJ Jazzy Jay's recording Studio in the Bronx. Victor Was later Introduced to I.N.S. Recording Studio by Rock, where he would take on an intership for studio engineering and eventually he found himself working with Known hip hop artists like Shine Head, Chino XL and Afrika Bammbaattaa.

Soon after, Victor met up with Richard Lee Sisco, (1979 Graduate of Laquadia High School of Music and art. who worked under Harry Belefonte during the filming of the motion picture Beat Street) a multi musician who played mainly tenor sax. Victor became inspired after listening to Richard play and began studying the saxophone.

Using his record collection Victor started learning to play the songs he would spin at parties During the early 80's like “Just begun” by Jimmy Castro and “Chamilian” by Herbie Hancock. Soon after 1995 Victor and Richard Sisco recorded “Surviving with the time” which can be found on Victor Valente's 2006 debut Release “off the canvas” which sold over 5,000 copies in it's first year alone.

In April of 2007 Victor Released his sophmore album “New Life” on his own Independent record label (GMR Music Corp).


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The Corner Soul

Victor Valente's New Life
saxophonist Victor Valente’s NEW LIFE, followup to his debut, OFF THE CANVAS. For those who had opportunity to hear that album, I cannot express enough that this is no sequel. Appropriately titled, OFF THE CANVAS played at times like a brief, Jazz Opera version of ROCKY, with all its’ grit and rough edges; a man fighting to bounce back, to conquer both love and the world, with the element of Valente’s Hip Hop-influenced past figuring prominently.

On NEW LIFE, Valente fashions a more polished landscape, without dispensing of the raw appeal that made OFF THE CANVAS an enjoyable listen. The artist is still evolving, but life experience has handed a greater sense of depth, of knowing. Few experiences change a person more than the birth of their first child, and Valente is no exception. This becomes obvious in the opening cut, “Nyjuan Lee” (named after his newborn son). Alone with his sax, outdoors, he could be busking, or just playing for his own pleasure. Regardless of the scenario, the mood is clear- joy.

The tone of his instrument is more contemplative and measured this time around, and as evidenced on cuts such as “Message From Heaven” and “To the Man Behind the Stars”, alternately mellow and charged. The album closer, “No One in This World”, sweetly veers toward the mellow, smoothly gliding off into the night (or day, depending on when you’re listening).

NEW LIFE features a more organic feel, largely through the participation of collaborator Peter Arteaga. It also has the same brevity that made OFF THE CANVAS compelling without straying into tedium. The result of all the effort involved is an enjoyable glimpse into the life of an artist who, as evidenced on NEW LIFE, has every reason to joyfully play on.

Markus @ www.planetsoul.com