Córdoba is the name of an Argentinean province--and its capital city--but it's even more than that to bassist-composer Pedro Giraudo, whose Córdoba is a wonderful confluence of rural and urban elements, folkloric rhythmic traditions and modern writing for large ensemble. Giraudo grew up in Córdoba, and the hustle and bustle of the city's atmosphere is certainly on display in his music, but that's only half of the picture. He spent his summers living a simpler life in the countryside and brings this peaceful, back-to-the earth attitude to his music as well. While some might be tempted to ...read more
Bassist Pedro Giraudo has created an excellent program of tone poems that come alive through his 12-piece orchestra. Dedicated to his wife and infant daughter, most of the compositions relate his feelings on becoming a father and assuming new responsibilities. He explains in his liner notes that the event was a major turning point in his life, with many ups and downs, giving him emotional twists he describes through the dissonance of a trombone, lyricism from a tenor saxophone, staccato tonguing from two trumpeters and arco bass passages, giving this program its authenticity. Originally from Cordoba, Argentina, ...read more
Pedro Giraudo Jazz Gallery New York, NY March 6, 2009
Big band jazz is an out-of-date form, its heyday having come in the boom-and-bust interwar years, and any modern-day revival must grapple with its inherent anachronism. Some current big bands try to ignore their historical awkwardness, employing the form simply as a larger musical canvas. These groups tend to be, at their core, quartets or quintets with reinforcements, post-bop combos with a few added horns. Other big bands, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society most strikingly, self-consciously wrestle with the form's history. Argue describes ...read more
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