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There is a strange beauty in the accordion, a most unusual musical instrument. From polka to tango, the accordion has a sound that is instantly recognizable. It has surfaced more in popular music and jazz-influenced recordings, like Richard Galliano's Ruby, My Dear (Dreyfus, 2005). Victor Prieto now makes a most compelling case for the accordion as a primary jazz instrument on Persistencia.
Born in Spain and now living in New York, Prieto, who has extensive academic studies on the accordion, is the creator of a new technique called "chord approach on both hands," which enables the accordion to comp and solo in jazz terms with rich harmonies. The proof is in the music: on the first composition, "Frevo," Prieto uses his masterful technique to manipulate the accordion's rich timbre while he simultaneously gives birth to lightning-fast solos along with accompanying chords like a stride pianist.
Yet this is not just a showcase of just Prieto's brilliance, but also a view of an extremely taut trio with two other fine musiciansbassist Carlo DeRosa and drummer Allison Miller. Every composition reveals the trio's detailed articulation, covering modes of jazz, classiscal, tango, Brazilian and Celtic music. This assortment of influences contains a consistent theme of contemporary thinking and energy, as on the baroque "Mundos Celtas," where the trio riches a feverish climax. Check out Prieto's infectious comping as DeRosa delivers a wonderful solo.
Whether swinging vigorously, as on John Coltrane's classic "26-2," or dancing on "Libertango," the trio does it all with flair. "Muineira da Carmen" is a personal favorite, with its romantic and lush theme showing the trio and their respective instruments in total harmony. Allison Miller's performance again shows that she is one of the top trapsetters around. Every composition is enjoyable and memorable, and Persistencia should be heard.
Track Listing: Frevo; Muineira da Carmen; Contrasts in New York; Libertango;
Persistencia; Mundos Celtas; 26-2; Only for You; Mugares.
Personnel: Victor Prieto: accordion; Carlo DeRosa: bass; Allison Miller: drums.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com