Roberto Occhipinti TrioDora Keogh PubToronto, CanadaDecember 19, 2009
Hilario Duran and Roberto Occhipinti
Few world-class jazz trios play at neighborhood pubs. But Toronto has lost two of its most popular venues--goodbye Top O' the Senator; au revoir Montreal Bistro--and several smaller places are helping to kick-start the scene. Why not a cozy bar that bills itself as being authentic Irish"?
Teenage dancers were leaving the Dora Keogh pub after a Celtic dance contest as three remarkable players--bassist Roberto Occhipinti, pianist Hilario Duran and drummer Mark Kelso--gathered on a hastily assembled bandstand. ...read more
A dark vision of the world and this time is, perhaps, the most accurate one today. So when an account of artists' contributions to raising the world's level of awareness is written, bassist Roberto Occhipinti's fine A Bend in the River will rank as one with the clearest reflection of that vision. Of course none of this means that the record is not infinitely enjoyable. It is played in a continuously evolving idiom and, indeed, reveals something fascinatingly new with every listen. Occhipinti is a composer of exceptional brilliance. He has a flair for narrative and a ...read more
Roberto Occhipinti, a bassist who has comfortably straddled an increasingly tenuous line between classical and jazz worlds for many years, has become more ambitious in style and scope with each successive release. On Yemaya, the Toronto native ups the ante from his superb mini-big band release The Cusp (Modicamusic, 2003) by enlisting a string quartet, a host of percussionists and a full symphony orchestra to augment his core septet. Despite the emphasis on composition and arrangement, there's still plenty of solo space on this program, which combines music by Djavan and Jovino Santos-Neto, two traditional Cuban tunes, and originals by ...read more
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The final day of the TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival proved a number of points: that it's possible to market almost anything to a position of prominence; that it's possible to entertain without sacrificing musicality and talent; and that sometimes the best artists are not the ones at the top of the bill.
Canadian bassist Robert Occhipinti has long been associated with Afro-Cuban jazz, and his ...read more
Trinacria Modica Music 2000
Roberto Occhipinti covers the spectrum reflected through the prism of music such as that of Sam Rivers, Jane Bunnett, and European Classicism. In 2000, the bassist released Trinacria (Modica Music) with fellow former “Bunnettero” Hilario Durán on piano. Their cool and swinging treatment of Herbie Hancock’s “One Finger Snap” and “Maiden Voyage,” ably shows the type of interplay that only ensues after years together under Latin jazz’s Matron Saint –as well as their own work together under the pianist own aegis. Thus, Durán and Occhipinti manage to keep themselves interested in each ...read more
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