Jimmy Turturici

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is the Monterey Peninsula’s campfire spark of musical
wizardry. One
generation away from the influential Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, he
on those storied traditions with a star voyager’s futuristic eye.

producer, arranger, front-man, composer, musician, performing under
various titles
with various side projects; Turturici has remained an influential and somewhat
figure of the Monterey music scene. Over the course of the millennium’s
decade, he produced music for eclectic evening programming at Pacific
KAZU 90.3 FM, back when the old station used to believe in real local
shows and music.

He was
once courted by Master P’s No Limit label (which we have more on below) and has provided scores of
bands from
the peninsula with sound engineering, guitar work and a bevy of effects
treatments. Jimmy continues his solo efforts along with his project, The
Slowest Ride (fifteen years after shoegaze, five years before chillwave)
and creative
production duties for the Peninsula’s electro-cult oddity, Hot Dogs in
the Sun.
He recently worked on a film soundtrack for an indie flick in
works called the The Monarch of Evening Time. Turturici’s solo work
projects go in and out of availability at Vinyl Revolution and Recycled
on Lighthouse Avenue and at most other Monterey record shops. With no
in existence, I have made a brief introductory mp3 set to toast an
and rarely sung tunesmith from California’s great Monterey Coastline:

The Slowest Ride, “Only

Monterey press heralded the Slowest Ride as the second coming of Hank
and Nick Drake as an electric folk duo or a more cosmic version of the
America. They wowed the sleepy town with a series of sets during the
Monterey First Night New Year’s celebration in 2005. Comprised of Jimmy
longtime buddy and collaborator Johnny Aulenta they continue to cradle
both a lyrical
vulnerability and dedication to a sound beyond trite pigeonholed
This original mix of “Only Friend” presents the group with a low,
demo fidelity with tape loops and moody vocals.

Rick Brown, “Extacy”

Turturici on his involvement with Rick Brown and No Limit: “In 1997 I met Rick Brown working at Safeway
and he introduced me to Shandar who was under the same management ofE-40
and Master P of No Limit. Meeting Rick Brown (aka The Stunt), I gave
him a mix of some my musicand
he was like 'Oh man, I want to use that for a hip-hop track.' And that
song became 'Extacy,' but remained an outtake. Shandar was working at
Seahorse Records in Seaside and I produced materials for him too, but
nothing ever materialized with Seahorse. I have kept
in touch with The Stunt and still work on production for Gabfest
in L.A. who
work with artists like DJ Quick, Kool Keith, etc.”

Jimmy Turturici, “Snowlight”

for his album Wires for Roots, Jimmy
has been mixing and remixing an electronic dream piece cyclone in a
blizzard of
keyboards, drum machines, more keyboards, overdubs and dramatic overture
No wonder he wants to make motion picture soundtracks.

Jimmy Turturici, “Pacific
Grove Light”

with the light motif, “Pacific Grove Light” is the first soundtrack leak
the upcoming Sundance Film Festival entry The Monarch of Evening
. New
wave keyboards give the ambient piece a Blade Runner set in Big
Sur feel.

Hot Dogs in the Sun, “Top Cop”

Soon to
appear on the upcoming Hot Dogs in the Sun debut Activate Lazers;
“Top Cop” is decked out as one of pop radio’s finest.
With satirical lyrics by Johnny Aulenta, this self-infatuated dance tune
lampoons the bullying attitudes that come with the role of a patrol
officer. “I’m
a cop, society’s mop, I keep the streets clean by causing a scene,
‘cause I’m a
top cop and you better stop, when I say get down, I mean to the ground.”
And given
the police state situation in Arizona, Jimmy’s timing was impeccable
with this