Dom Minasi Guitar Quartet: Eight Hands, One Mind
Unseen Rain Records, recorded 2019, released 2021. Total time 32.30 minutes. With Dom Minasi, Briggan Krauss, Harvey Valdes, Hans Tammen.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Hans Tammen
Cover painting by Tom Cabrera
Photo of Hans Tammen by Scott Friedlander
Design by Qua’s Eye Graphix
An Unseen Rain Production
All music by Dom Minasi
Dedicated to Bern Nix
In Memory of Bern Nix
I thought about writing for four guitars for a while, but I didn’t want it to be another ordinary jazz record and since I am very much into contemporary 21st Century music, I thought why not go that route?
After I finished writing I thought about who could I use? They have to be able to read and play free form improv. I immediately thought of Hans. We had already recorded together, and he understood the concept. I had been listening to Harvey for a while and I loved the way he played. For guitar one I asked Bern Nix. Bern had played with Ornette and we played together, too.
The group was intact. Just as we were about to have the last rehearsal before recording, Bern passed away. It was a shock to us and the whole jazz community. I put the project on hold for about six months . I asked Hans if he knew someone and he told me about Briggan Krauss. Briggan agreed to come over for a rehearsal and he fit right in. We rehearsed for a while and recorded. What you hear is the result.
Each piece, even though they have names, are like movements. Each movement related to each other that moves forward.
I would like to thank Jack DeSalvo for his confidence in all that I do and letting my music be heard through Unseen Rain Records.
O’s Place Jazzmagazine 4/2021
Yes, these four guitarists, Dom Minasi, Hans Tammen, Harvey Valdez and Briggan Krauss, are in unison with Eight Hands, One Mind, and they come together on numerous selections to harness the power of a collective cultural thought process. However, there are times when this crew is definitely multitasking and going in different directions, yet still within the same book. There are six selection in 32 1/2 minutes of edgy guitar interaction. D. Oscar Groomes in O's Place Jazz Magazine.