Victor Valente | Off the Canvas

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Urban/R&B: Funk Hip-Hop/Rap: Instrumental Hip-Hop Moods: Featuring Saxophone
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Off the Canvas

by Victor Valente

Victor Valente, all american post bop alto saxophonist who started as an early 80's hip hop dj.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Hard Way Out
5:12 $0.99
2. Cappuccino
5:43 $1.50
3. Indian Summer (From Summertime)
4:25 $0.99
4. Surviving With the Time
5:13 $1.50
5. Blue Funk
4:08 $1.50
6. Why She So Blue
4:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
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 “off the canvas”.

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



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Eric Fields

For only 6 songs I must say I want more now. Im loving that little convisation going on between the trumpet and sax in "the hard way out" Plus he does alot in just one range. "Cappucino" came to me as a suprise production wise along with Victor's smooth delivery. Then the Bomb Hit on track 4 "Surviving with the time" definetly a jam I can't wait to hear live, awesome energy.

Author Tonya Floyd.

Off The Canvas "speaks" to me in terms of versatility, freshness, and energy. This light-hearted offering by Victor Valente, et al. is uplifting and very expressive. From the sexiness of Cappucino, to the warmth of Indian Summer, to the city-like energy in Surviving With The Time, I felt the pull. It was a fun ride, leveled off by Why She So Blue, a mellow groove. I can't wait for the next Valente original. Author : Tonya D. Floyd

Tara Jones

He keeps it Funky, Victor Valente and his Ep "Off The Canvas" is straight up and down Funky. Great stuff. Can't wait to here more.

Ricardo /

“Off the Canvas” merges from traditional values into a spiced up contemporary outlook. It is vibrant, yet calm, endearing and inspirational. It is relaxing and exciting at the same time. It allows us to embrace ourselves in a sense of upbeat spirituality.

Chris Rizik /

Victor Valente - Off the Canvas

This one is a little off our normal beaten path, but the 6-song debut by saxman Victor Valente is alternatively funky, soulful, jazzy and even traditional, and all the elements work very very well. Playing principally with trumpeter Jack Gomes and keyboardist Mark Rassmussen, Valente kicks out some great interpretations here, the best of which is the funky 5-minute “Surviving with the Time.” Good stuff