Click here to buy STINGY BRIM Johnnie Valentino: Stingy Brim (OmniTone 15212)

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tuba's demise in jazz (in favor of the string bass), composer/guitarist Johnnie Valentino rights the wrong with this unchained, funky, toe-tapping organ quintet, anchored by tuba.  LA-based, South Philly-born Valentino, who has worked with Alex Acuña, Bennie Maupin, Pat Martino, and others, shows off his considerable playing and writing skills, further colored by his work as a Hollywood sound designer and film composer.

The catchy, irresistibly funky tunes — propelled by New Orleans' second-line backbeat and Philly swagger grooves — will get listeners' attention, and the addition other not-oft-heard instruments (besides tuba) that were also casualties of modern jazz — clarinet and accordion (represented by harmonium) — make the tracks further enticing for a wide range of ears.

Seasoned new music improvisers — Mick Rossi (Philip Glass Ensemble and recent Orion world-music project), Bob Sheppard (Peter Erskine Trio, Chick Corea's "Origin," Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern), Mark Ferber (Lee Konitz, Don Byron, Russ Johnson, Larry Goldings) — having fun, so it's both contagious and listenable!

Personnel
Johnnie Valentino, guitar, mandolin
Mick Rossi, Hammond B-3, harmonium, percussion
Mark Ferber, drums, percussion
Bob Sheppard, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Randy Jones, tuba

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For sound samples, click on MP3 (for an MP3 sample) or WMA (for Windows Media):

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Stingy Brim (4:17)

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Dog Eggs (6:07)

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3. 

Oyster Bay (6:20)

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4. 

4M² (5:32)

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5. 

Return (Valentino, Rossi) (5:35)

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6. 

Stone Balloons (5:54)

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7. 

Where, When & How (5:50)

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8. 

Coyote Cowboy (8:32)

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Off Balance (Valentino, Rossi) (3:04)

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All Monk's Children (2:53)

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All compositions by Johnnie Valentino, Secret Light Music (ASCAP), except where noted.
Recorded on 27 & 28 September 2004 at Wayne Cook's Studio in Los Angeles, California.

Recording Engineer: Fred Bova
Mastering Engineer: Rich Breen
Album Designers: Alicia Krueger, Frau Kranift
Photos by Elissa Lala and Johnnie Valentino
Inside photo by Peter Hohenbrink
Drawing by Shiho Nakaza
Producer: Johnnie Valentino
Executive Producer: Frank Tafuri

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