169

Pete Malinverni: Of One Mind

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
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 for their potential for spurring dazzling, but in the end peripheral, feats of piano technique.

That's not to say that Malinverni's understated style compromises originality for approachability. "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" starts with a mournful rubato lead-in that lightens as Malinverni uses the bass register to irregularly accent his right-hand improvisation as a duo with Williams. When Irwin joins in after several choruses, the trio breaks loose as a single unit in a reharmonization of the tune that lessens the brooding and stresses the hope.

"What Is There To Say?" emphasizes the harmonic richness of the tune through block chords densely packed that alternate with an evocative statement of the melody, thus sacrificing unnecessary extremes of the keyboard. On the other hand, "I Love You" rolls out with a right-hand improvisation that circumvents the melody before the trio joins in with lightly brushed percussion and loping bass lines.

Malinverni's tribute to highly regarded Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla is less successful in execution, not because of the performance of the tune. Rather, "Pescara" provides little indication of the passionate extremes inherent in almost all of Piazzolla's tunes, despite the Latin tinge that Malinverni inserts.

No, Malinverni's strength lies in his confident interpretation of standards like "The End Of A Love Affair" or "Blame It On My Youth," as Irwin and Williams intuitively support him tastefully for a sound that's immediately accessible to a broad audience.


Track Listing: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child; I Love You; What Is There To Say?; The Dragon Roller Coaster Ride; Pescara; The End Of A Love Affair; If Spring Were Only Here To Stay; Blame It On My Youth; Everything I Love

Personnel: Pete Malinverni, piano; Dennis Irwin, bass; Leroy Williams, drums

| Record Label: Reservoir Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read A Dark and Stormy Day CD/LP/Track Review A Dark and Stormy Day
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Pocono Git-Down CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Rímur CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Schönbrunn CD/LP/Track Review Schönbrunn
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Times and Tides" CD/LP/Track Review Times and Tides
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 28, 2016
Read "Process And Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Day By Day" CD/LP/Track Review Day By Day
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 16, 2017
Read "Flux" CD/LP/Track Review Flux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Omío" CD/LP/Track Review Omío
by James Nadal
Published: August 31, 2016
Read "June" CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!