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Pete Malinverni Trio: A Beautiful Thing

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The great tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins once said: “[music]...if you don't make mistakes you're not really trying." Pianist Pete Maliverni seems to have taken this statement to heart, going into the studio with his working trio--bassist Lee Hudson and drummer Eliot Zigmund--to record A Beautiful Thing, producing a music full of inspired flexibility, much like what would be heard on a live date.The set underscores advice that would be well-taken by any jazz musician--any artist for that matter--that nothing great is going to happen if you're being too careful. Loosen up and let it fly, baby. ...

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Pete Malinverni: Invisible Cities

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Pete Malinverni's Invisible Cities:, inspired by the imaginative flights of Italo Calvino's novel of the same name, exists on its own terms and doesn't readily fit into any established jazz style or sensibility. The pianist effectively juxtaposes six of his compositions and four well-known, urban-themed songs. His ballad-oriented tunes, “New Orleans--Cities & Desire," “Salem--Hester Prynne," and “A City Called Heaven," are clothed in lovely, expressive melodies, the kind that beg for equally inspired lyrics. Beautifully interpreted by Tim Hagans's trumpet, “Venice--Cities & Memory" evokes images of a somewhat formal dance with erotic undertones. Amidst the quizzical, intermittent melody played by ...

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Pete Malinverni: Invisible Cities

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A concept record of sorts, pianist Pete Malinverni was initially inspired to put his Invisible Cities project together after reading the Italian novelist Italo Calvino's book of the same name. Though the CD is full of good jazz improvisation (with a truly wonderful rhythm team of bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Tom Melito), it also seems to be in conflict: whether to be as ambitious in concept as the book might suggest or simply to play some good, honest swinging jazz. “Cities & Time," for instance, is a piece that starts with an ostinato in the bass ...

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Coming Of Age: Life, on the Road to Parnassus

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By Pete Malinverni

One day you turn around and realize that, by now, in your 40s, you have lived--and are living--the life of a musician. For me, this was not accidental--years of practice, study, gigs, listening, all of that--but I enjoy looking back at decisions taken that led me to the exact point at which I now stand. These choices were almost never made with long term goals in mind but were rather born of attempts to do well in whatever situation I found myself and with the hope of getting to the next level, whatever that was at the ...

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Pete Malinverni

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Pete Malinverni readily admits that when he was six years old, the thought of taking piano lessons “was a cool idea." “But it wasn't that long after that that I started to kind of battle my folks, unfortunately. But they prevailed, and, of course, I'm thankful," he added. “I guess I showed a certain amount of talent, but it's hard for a kid to really want to do it from the get-go." “To play [classical] piano as a kid, it's really a pretty solitary thing," he said. “Other instrumentalists have band class in school ...

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Pete Malinverni: The Tempest

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Pianist Pete Malinverni’s fifth date for Reservoir reunites the leader with bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Leroy Williams in a program designed to showcase the more aggressive cast the trio often takes in its live performances.

Malinverni’s mastery of the bebop idiom is virtually unmatched by young pianists, the legitimacy of his approach delivering a depth to his playing that brings out the harmonic sophistication and rhythmic richness of all the music he explores here. While obviously deeply dedicated to the stylistic innovations of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, Malinverni’s interpolation of their techniques into his own style also calls ...

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Pete Malinverni: The Tempest

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New York pianist Pete Malinverni is a familiar name to jazz lovers who scan the newspaper pages to see who is appearing on the club scene. Although he has several recordings on the well-regarded independent Reservoir label over the past seven years, this is my first opportunity to hear him first-hand. Malinverni has also been a Minister of Music for the past twelve years at the Devoe Street Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where he directs the Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble. One of the tunes on this album, “Let the Sea Roar," is based upon the text of King David's ...



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