Remembering Dave Valentin (Part 1): Oasis

by chipboaz on March 13, 2017

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The Latin Jazz suffered a major loss this past Wednesday March 8, 2017, as flautist Dave Valentin passed away. Valentin had suffered several strokes over the last five years and had begun to experience the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. It was especially tragic to see the influential flautist die at the young age of 64.

Despite his young age at the time of his death, Valentin’s career was filled with bright moments that made an impact upon modern Latin Jazz. We’re going to dedicate this week’s video features to Dave Valentin’s career, checking out live performances from different pieces of his career.

During the height of Dave Valentin’s popularity in the eighties, he created a sound that was simultaneously based in Latin Jazz and fusion. Synth sounds served as a basis for his work on a regular basis, and the clave was often supported by a heavy back beat. He had some serious support for this sound, as he recorded on the GRP label, a place where jazz and pop music shared the same space. Valentin had a canny musical insight though, and he was able to bring together all these elements in a way that forged new ground while staying based in tradition. His mixture of traditional roots and currently relevant sounds not only profited him, but helped push Latin Jazz into the public’s consciousness. Here’s one of his hits from the era, “Oasis,” performed live.

Do you have a Latin Jazz video to share? E-mail a link to latinjazzcorner@gmail.com

Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
Celebrating 80 Years: Eddie Palmieri Performing Chocolate Ice Cream
New Cultural Connections: Hiromi Suda Performs Sou
Between Salsa And Latin JAzz: Seis Del Solar
Jovino Santos Neto & André Mehmari Celebrate Hermeto Pascoal On Guris
Cristian Mendoza Performing El Vato Con Clave

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