Johnnie Valentino: Stingy Brim (2006)
The music does indeed feature the tuba as the bass instrument, but as part of a multi-textured quintet with strings (guitar, mandolin), keyboards (Hammond B3, harmonium), horns (saxophone, clarinet) and percussion. This musical mix of contours is shaped, manipulated and performed by artists who know the genre and understand how to create music that is listenable, creative and fun.
Valentino is a serious guitarist with abundant chops and an openness to technical experimentation, making use of colorful loop-based effects on the atmospheric "Stone Balloons." The title song is a swinging, upbeat piece where his multi-layered solo contrasts with the sounds of a grinding B3, the tuba's throaty growl, and colorful drum work.
The music on Stingy Brim encompasses a smart group aesthetic as the band covers everything with style and attitude (like a stingy brim hat). Whether doing a N'awleans stomp on "Dog Eggs, engaging in free jazz exploits on "4M2, or dabbling in sound collages on "Off Balance, these players combine composition and group improvisation on this memorable recording.
Track Listing: Stingy Brim; Dog Eggs; Oyster Bay; 4M2; Return; Stone Balloons; Where When & How; Coyote Cowboy; Off Balance; All Monk's Children.
Personnel: Johnnie Valentino: guitar, mandolin; Mick Rossi: Hammond B3 organ, harmonium, percussion; Mark Ferber: drums, percussion; Bob Sheppard: clarinet, tenor saxophone; Randy Jones: tuba.
Record Label: OmniTone
Style: Modern Jazz