Born: February 7, 1972 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Initially regarded as a promising east coast underground hip hop dj, Mc and aerosol artist in the early 80’s Victor Valente (known in the 80’s to Mid 90’s as Super V.) has expanded his reach in the years, establishing himself as a profound musician, becoming one of the most versatile hip hop jazz artists today.
Victor’s Career began in 1983, beat boxing for Duane “Darock” Ramos (currently an established hip hop producer in L.A) as a duo called A.N.C. (Another Nasty Crew) Based out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Performing at local block parties and talent shows. After A.N.C. dis-banded in 1985 Victor went on to form a new duo called the Breakdown Bros. Consisting of Victor Valente (Super V.) As the dj and rapper L.D. On vocals. The Breakdown Bros. became popular for producing underground mixed tapes and circulating them through-out the Boston & tri state area before disbanding in 1991....
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.
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