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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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Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte as Groundtruther: Altitude

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After three years and as many records, drummer Bobby Previte and guitarist Charlie Hunter bring their experimental trio project Groundtruther to a triumphant conclusion. Previte and Hunter have invited a rotating third member to play on each release; Latitude (Thirsty Ear, 2004) featured saxophonist Greg Osby, while Longitude (Thirsty Ear, 2005) starred DJ Logic. Keyboardist John Medeski joins the duo for Altitude, their third and final album.

Osby and Logic each put their own stamp on the trio, but neither seem as ideally suited to the project's varied scope as Medeski. The collective's most expansive session, Altitude ventures ...

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Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte as Groundtruther: Altitude

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Like a three act play, guitarist Charlie Hunter and percussionist Bobby Previte's Groundtruther project saves the best for last. Latitude (Thirsty Ear, 2004) teamed them with intrepid saxophonist Greg Osby and while both Hunter and Previte have never been technologically challenged, it represented, individually, their most extreme integration of processing/sampling with conventional instrumentation. Likewise, Longitude (Thirsty Ear, 2005), featuring guest turntablist DJ Logic, found a curious meeting place between free improvisation and groove; moving away, however, from the general funkiness of Latitude in favor of a more hard-edged rock attitude.

Altitude continues the pursuit of even greater extremes, this time ...

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Bobby Previte: The Coalition of the Willing

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A good 80% of the music reviewed at All About Jazz is “instrumental": that is, it has no singing or human voices. It's almost superfluous to say so, of course: have you ever read a review that said “'St. Thomas,' like all the other cuts on Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus, is an instrumental offering ?

When people talk about instrumentals, they're often talking about rock 'n' roll, where the presence of the human voice is the norm, and instrumentals are relative oddities. But there's something else: in rock 'n' roll, the instrumentals often sound like they're missing something. You expect ...

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Bobby Previte: The Coalition of the Willing

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Bobby Previte's musical evolution has been most fascinating. The records he's made for a variety of labels show an astonishing scope but, amazingly, there has never really been a disconnect, even now playing “electronic" drums or instrumental rock music. Color and expression have always been paramount in Previte's output and his palette has always been directed towards finding and creating form and beauty. So to his latest adventure, an explosive collection of instrumental rock music. Previte seems to have listened to everything--the music on Coalition suggests Led Zeppelin, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (from the heyday ...

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Bobby Previte: The Coalition of the Willing

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It is often said that in youth one is more idealistic and liberal, and with age comes pragmatism and social conservatism. Well, someone ought to tell Bobby Previte, because it seems he missed the memo. A downtown scene luminary, composer and percussionist extraordinaire, Previte pushes ever further a field with The Coalition of the Willing. When most musicians his age would consider thinking about recording a standards program or a ballad session, Previte, ever the contrarian, does just the opposite.

Charting the developmental course of Previte and guitarist Charlie Hunter, his dedicated duo partner since the beginning of ...

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Charlie Hunter/Bobby Previte: Longitude

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Longitude is the second installment from Groundtruther after Latitude (Thirsty Ear, 2004), which featured the core duo of eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and percussionist/electronica specialist Bobby Previte with guest saxophonist Greg Osby. Replacing Osby this time around, DJ Logic provides a surreal soundscape on the wheels of steel to weave in and out of Hunter and Previte's synergy. While Osby contributed some soulful fluttering and organic contrast to the electric duo, DJ Logic's smattering offers an appreciation of consonance and purism. Many of the song structures and solos lack the momentum and timelessness of which the the ...

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Charlie Hunter & Bobby Previte as Groundtruther: Longitude

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Groundtruther is an interesting project for Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte. Each player has long established a solid musical realm of his own on recordings, but with their Groundtruther collaboration, they have found a guise that allows them to experiment well beyond their usual territories. This also explains why Matthew Shipp and Thirsty Ear are releasing a trilogy of albums by the duo (plus a guest on each), Longitude being the second.Following the cerebral, flattened sound of Latitude (featuring alto saxophonist Greg Osby), Groundtruther welcomes DJ Logic as its third member this time around for an album of ...



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