DR. MiNT

“With unswerving focus and expansive vision…Dr. Mint present a thoroughly modern view of jazz.”  —Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com

Formed in 2007, DR. MiNT is a bi-coastal improvisational jazz-rock collective featuring some of Los Angeles and New York's most innovative rising stars. Featuring Daniel Rosenboom (trumpets), Gavin Templeton (woodwinds), Alexander Noice (electric guitar and fx), Sam Minaie (bass and fx), and Caleb Dolister (drums), the band's members have performed on the world's biggest stages with some of the biggest names in jazz, pop, and experimental music, including Tigran Hamasyan, Vinny Golia, Vincent Gallo, Josh Groban, Kandinsky Effect, and many many more. DR. MiNT has recorded four full-length albums, and enthusiastically explores the nether-reaches of the musical psyche with fire, grit, humor, and a thrilling sense of unabashed experimentation.

“With unswerving focus and expansive vision…Dr. Mint present a thoroughly modern view of jazz.” 
— Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com

“The performances and pacing are top notch…a wonderful trajectory…that almost denies the idea of it being completely improvised.” 
— Jay Batzner, Sequenza 21

“Dr. Mint is true improvisational jazz/rock fusion, with trumpet and sax explosions as if Al Hirt and Charlie Parker rose from the grave and went insane.” 
— A. Canales, Critical Review Service

Kingsize Sessions

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DR. MiNT is a veritable lightning rod for intuitive music. Their compositions are "100% spontaneously created," and their brand new album, "Kingsize Sessions," captures everything the band has become known to channel. Often associated with heavier rock, metal, or electronic musical styles, it’s easy to forget that the music that is being played, is always being played for the first time. 

The band has previously released three full-length concept albums: "Ritual" (2013), "A New Symphony" (2008), and "Vision and Nightmares" (2008). Based in both Los Angeles and New York, this bi-coastal experimental rock band embraced long-form, uncut, and unedited recording, often completing an album in a single take. With "Kingsize Sessions," DR. MiNT focuses their “spontaneous composition” ethos on short, punchy, and concise themes, bending soundscapes, twisting grooves, and exploring some dark territory. 

The band is Daniel Rosenboom (trumpets), Gavin Templeton (saxophones), Alex Noice (electric guitar and FX), Sam Minaie (electric bass and FX), and Caleb Dolister (drums and laptop). DR. MiNT formed in the studio in 2007. Several band members even met for first time just moments before hitting record and capturing a purely improvised record. That first recording was later released as “Visions and Nightmares" (pfMENTUM CD049), and was intentionally left uncut, and unedited. 

Initially, the group embraced pure long-form improvisation. But after two completely improvised albums, the idea of working out improvised composition came into play. The band began to start a performance with a blank sheet of music paper, notating melodies and themes in real-time, and then conducting various “composed-on-the-spot” melodies and sections. This allowed the group to collectively focus improvisation on thematic material in addition to abstract improvisations. 

This is apparent on Kingsize Sessions, when you hear the horns playing synchronized melodies. Each melody was composed and notated on the spot, during the take. 

DR. MiNT continues to maintain their dedication to spontaneity by leaving these short tunes unedited and essentially untouched. However, a few new experiments on Kingsize Sessions include "Kingsize Strut," which featured an immediate second pass of both drums and bass, and "Mirror," in which the whole band improvised a second pass against a previously recorded track played in reverse. 

Kingsize Sessions is an album full of character and exploration. Even with all of it’s unique qualities, it fully embodies the evolutionary direction of a band that identifies itself with attitude, fire, abstraction, and ferocity in improvisation.

Released 01 November 2013

Daniel Rosenboom - trumpets
Gavin Templeton - woodwinds
Alex Noice - electric guitar and FX
Sam Minaie - electric bass and FX
Caleb Dolister - drums and FX

Sound engineered by John Baffa
Mixed by John Baffa and Daniel Rosenboom
Mastered by Sam Minaie

Artwork by Eron Rauch

© Daniel Rosenboom Music (ASCAP) 2013


Ritual

Ritual was 100% spontaneously composed and recorded live in two continuous takes on October 27, 2008 in a performance at the Roy O. Disney Music Hall. It is a concept album intended to heard as a single continuous listening experience.

Released January 28, 2013 

Daniel Rosenboom - Trumpet and Piccolo Trumpet
Gavin Templeton - Alto and Soprano Saxophones
Alex Noice - Electric Guitar and FX
Sam Minaie - Electric Bass and FX
Caleb Dolister - Drums 

Sound Engineered by John Baffa
Mixed and Mastered by John Baffa and DR. MiNT at TV Tray Studio, Simi Valley, CA
Album Artwork by Eron Rauch (www.eronrauch.com

All music © Daniel Rosenboom Music (ASCAP) 
All rights reserved. 

SNP Records
www.snprecords.com


A New Symphony

This work is 100% improvisation. Recorded in a single live take in a concert given at Roy O. Disney Music Hall at California Institute of the Arts on February 12, 2008. There is no editing on this album.

Released October 1, 2008 

Daniel Rosenboom - Trumpets
Gavin Templeton - Alto and Soprano Saxophones
Alex Noice - Electric Guitar and FX
Sam Minaie - Electric Bass and FX
Caleb Dolister - drums 

Sound Engineered by John Baffa
Mixed and Mastered by John Baffa and Daniel Rosenboom, TV Tray Studio, Simi Valley, CA
Album Artwork by Daniel Rosenboom and Gavin Templeton 

All music © Daniel Rosenboom Music (ASCAP) 2008
All rights reserved. 

SNP Records

www.snprecords.com


Visions and Nightmares

This recording marks the first meeting of DR. MiNT. "Visions and Nightmares" and "Apocalyptica" are two entirely improvised suites that were recorded in two consecutive takes on August 26, 2007. This album is unabridged, uncut, and unedited.

Released February 12, 2008 

Daniel Rosenboom - Trumpet and Piccolo Trumpet
Gavin Templeton - Alto Saxophone
Alex Noice - Electric Guitar and FX
Sam Minaie - Electric Bass and FX
Caleb Dolister - Drums 

Sound Engineered by John Baffa, TV Try Studio
Mixed and Mastered by John Baffa and Daniel Rosenboom
Album Artwork by Daniel Rosenboom 

All music © Daniel Rosenboom Music (ASCAP) 
All rights reserved. 

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