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Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte: The New Standard

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Inimitable bassist Steve Swallow has pretty much seen and done it all. His vast achievements, historic alliances, and easily recognizable sound are firmly ingrained into the jazz idiom. Yet drummer Bobby Previte and keyboardist Jamie Saft are among the more notable modern trendsetters. They've both played significant roles in New York City's nonconforming downtown scene amid respective discographies that boast sojourns into jazz rock, free-form improvisation and boundless experimental initiatives. Moreover, Saft's recent improvisational collaborations with avant-garde guitarist Joe Morris Slobberpup, 2013 and Plymouth, 2014 for Rare Noise Records signify a 360-degree contrast to the mainstream processes, evidenced here. Hence, ...

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Bobby Previte: Pan Atlantic

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The “mashup," the blending of two or more songs to create a new work, has steadily gained popularity over the last decade. It is only fitting then that creative musicians feel free to utilize a similar approach when producing original music. Drummer Bobby Previte's Pan Atlantic seems to be an excellent example. The title refers to the international composition of the band. Previte has been a New Yorker since 1979. Trombonist Gianluca Petrella is one of Italy's best-but-hopefully not-much-longer-kept secrets, working most notably with Enrico Rava. Saxophonist Wolfgang Puschnig is from the Slovene-speaking region of Austria and ...

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Bobby Previte & The New Bump: Set the Alarm for Monday

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A mysterious dame with gams to the ceiling walks in. Shifty characters with trench coats and perilously dangling cigarettes move among the shadows. A mickey is slipped, the double-cross completed. A tenor sax moans amid shimmering vibraphone, a spare bass line and imploring drums. Drummer Bobby Previte's Set the Alarm for Monday may not be the soundtrack to a classic film noir, though he and The New Bump evocatively conjure those moods. No stranger to the genre, Previte's Bump the Renaissance band of the late 1980s was often described in cinematic terms and he was integral to ...

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Bobby Previte and the New Bump: Set The Alarm For Monday

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A seminal figure in the Downtown New York scene, drummer and composer Bobby Previte resurrected his Bump the Renaissance ensemble for the cinematic Set The Alarm For Monday. Previte's venerable acoustic group has featured a rotating roster of talent over the years, including Ray Anderson, Curtis Fowlkes, Wayne Horvitz, Lenny Picket, Steve Swallow and Tom Varner. Ellery Eskelin (tenor saxophone), Bill Ware (vibes) and Brad Jones (bass) form the current incarnation, with special guests Steven Bernstein (trumpet) and Jim Pugliese (percussion).

Conceived as a long form suite, the album opens gradually, working through progressions in mood episodically. Narrative ...

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Bobby Previte: Verge: Pull To Open/Bump the Renaissance & April in New York

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Bobby Previte Verge: Pull To Open/Bump the Renaissance Zoar/Sound Aspects -- Nothing on Television is True 2007 Bobby Previte April in New York Nothing on Television is True 2007

A great many things come to mind when asked to describe drummer Bobby Previte: adventurous and original, creative and bold, authentic and edgy, always holding true to what he deems is musically important. The two newest additions to his already extensive library bolster an ...

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Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte as Groundtruther: Altitude

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Music correlating to physicality gives it a fertile meaning, a meaning that lifts it out of its abstract plane into a zone that is identifiable. Listening becomes more than moving through time; it becomes a process of imagination and fulfillment.

Drummer Bobby Previte and guitarist Charlie Hunter have interpreted three descriptors of the earth in a trilogy of releases. Latitude came in 2004, Longitude in 2005, and now Altitude in 2007, all on Thirsty Ear. The first two were true to their names. The music negotiated its way on a sonic surface. The orientation and interaction ...

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Swami LatePlate (Jamie Saft and Bobby Previte): Doom Jazz

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Although Jamie Saft is best known as a jazz pianist, especially for his work with various Masada projects, he's a rocker at heart who lists ZZ Top among his favorite bands. Swami LatePlate--his duo with drummer Bobby Previte--seeks to a degree to cross the divide. In one sense a piano trio, with Saft doubling on electric bass, the project borrows as much from heavy rock sensibilities. Their debut album and the first on Saft's new label Veal, falls closer to the jazz side, but the title indicates the process that got them there. Using doom--a slow, foreboding ...



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