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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 ...

ARTIST PROFILES

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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Pete Malinverni: The Tempest

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Pete Malinverni's previous disc on Reservoir Music, Autumn in New York , drew me into a world I'd hestitated to explore: the piano trio. The bop-inflected set featured some of Maliverni's distinctive originals beside his fresh takes on some of the time-honored classics, with the pianist joined by two very in sync accompanists, bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Leroy Williams.Maliverni offers up more of the same on The Tempest. The opening cut/title tune, an original, churns with a controlled turbulence, bringing the great bop pianist Bud Powell to mind. It's joyous and energetic turbulence, a sound that could ...

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Pete Malinverni: Autumn in New York

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Remaining just a bit below the radar scans of all but the most astute jazz followers, New Yorker Pete Malinverni has recorded a total of four albums now for the Reservoir label and each one has spoken eloquently for a greater appreciation of his gifts.

His most recent is Autumn in New York (Reservoir 171) and once again the pianist has the advantage of claiming two wonderful section mates as part of the proceedings: bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Leroy Williams. The opening “Simpatico” not only sums up in a word the chemistry honed by this trio but also introduces ...

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“Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable." --Leonard Bernstein “Music is one of the fairest and most glorious gifts of God." --Martin Luther “Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?" --Leonardo da Vinci To most jazz fans, the intimate connection between music and spirituality is simply assumed. The aspiration of many jazz musicians to place both themselves and their listeners in direct connection with the divine has been well documented over the years, perhaps most notably with John Coltrane whose music was both unabashed praise and ...

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Pete Malinverni: Autumn in New York

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Dedicated to two friends who heroically perished on that fatal New York autumn morning, the stark black and white “In Memoriam" look of pianist Pete Malinverni's new release belies the hope that lies within. Malinverni reprises the Vernon Duke classic title and tastefully uses his friends' courageous acts to deliver a prayer of hope to the city we all still so love. By including new arrangements of timeless pieces written by native New Yorkers Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen alongside his original compositions, Malinverni inspires us to look forward while remembering our past.

The opening cut, “Simpatico," ...

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Pete Malinverni: Of One Mind

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Upon hearing the opening measures of “Everything I Love", adjectives like “relaxed", “uncomplicated" and “lyrical" comes to mind on the back of notes coming from Pete Malinverni's piano. But there are also elements of surprise throughout added to make sure that everyone's listening. As he moves along romantically on “Blame it on My Youth" all of a sudden some discordant notes appear. But consistent with the mood of this album while they may be jarring, it's a smooth, not rough, bump in the melodic road. One hears the influence of those keyboardists Malinverni has looked to for inspiration, Bill Evans, ...

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Pete Malinverni: Of One Mind

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As the scrappy and doggedly independent Reservoir Music label continues its dedication to the piano trio through its New York Piano Series, Pete Malinverni emerges as a voice falling into the tradition of the Series while pursuing his own muse through a confident, no-frills style.On Of One Mind (referring to the unity of thought among the trio's members), Malinverni re-interprets some standards, as well as the gospel tune “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child," with a resolutely middle-register approach. He and his musical partners Irwin and Williams investigate the songs for their inherent melodic value, rather than ...

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Pete Malinverni: A Very Good Year

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Since establishing himself in New York in 1981, pianist Pete Malinverni has been content to work in a variety of settings that haven't brought him name recognition as of yet, but have kept him deeply immersed in music. His pedagogical endeavors find him at New York University and William Patterson and he can often be heard on Sunday mornings playing the piano at a local Baptist church.

For his second Reservoir date as a leader, Malinverni again chooses to explore the piano trio format and he does so with charm and elan. Joining him are two men who seem to ...



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