All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review


Victor Prieto: Persistencia


Sign in to view read count
Spanish-born jazz accordionist Victor Prieto is the most exciting such player to come on the scene since Eddie Monteiro. Melding Argentine and Brazilian influences with a bop sensibility, Prieto gives the lie to all of the nasty things that have been said over the years about the much-maligned squeezebox.

Backed by Rachel Z drummer Allison Miller and the extraordinarily gifted bassist Carlo DeRosa, Prieto presents a varied and virtuosic set of performances on Persistencia. The variety of tunes is quite amazing and eclectic, ranging from Egberto Gismonti to Astor Piazolla (as one would expect) and John Coltrane (as one would not expect).

I was most impressed, however, by Prieto's original tunes, which account for six of the nine cuts on the album. In particular, "Mundos Celtas" displays much of the rhythmic ingenuity of Hermeto Pascoal (himself no mean accordionist). And one would be hard pressed to find a lovelier and more haunting melody than the one on "Only For You," a tune that is just crying out for a vocal treatment.

Equally impressive is the interplay among the three performers, who sound as though they have been performing together for decades. Although Prieto is the dominant soloist on this album, his colleagues get a number of opportunities to display their immense talents, most notably DeRosa on "26-2" and Miller on the hard-driving "Mugares," the Prieto original which concludes the album.

Persistencia is that rare recording with no weak cuts. It is uncompromising in its musicality and inventiveness, presaging a great future for Victor Prieto as both an instrumentalist and composer.

Track Listing: Frevo; Muineira da Carmen; Contrasts in NY; Libertango; Persistencia; Mundos Celtas; 26-2; Only For You; Mugares.

Personnel: Victor Prieto: accordion; Carlo DeRosa: bass; Allison Miller: drums.

Title: Persistencia | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Foxhaven Records


comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
The Three Voices

The Three Voices

Self Produced

Rollo Coaster

Rollo Coaster

Cheekus Music



Foxhaven Records


Related Articles

Read The Questions CD/LP/Track Review
The Questions
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 20, 2018
Read Meerkat Parade CD/LP/Track Review
Meerkat Parade
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 20, 2018
Read The Poetry of Jazz CD/LP/Track Review
The Poetry of Jazz
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 20, 2018
Read The Unknowable CD/LP/Track Review
The Unknowable
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 20, 2018
Read Like A Radio CD/LP/Track Review
Like A Radio
by Doug Collette
Published: March 20, 2018
Read Live In Healdsburg CD/LP/Track Review
Live In Healdsburg
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 19, 2018
Read "Super Hi Fi Plays Nirvana" CD/LP/Track Review Super Hi Fi Plays Nirvana
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "Smoke" CD/LP/Track Review Smoke
by Joe Gatto
Published: November 24, 2017
Read "Prophecy Of Nue" CD/LP/Track Review Prophecy Of Nue
by John Sharpe
Published: December 23, 2017
Read "Autumn Tales" CD/LP/Track Review Autumn Tales
by Chris Mosey
Published: June 20, 2017
Read "There Is No Love" CD/LP/Track Review There Is No Love
by Phil Barnes
Published: July 18, 2017
Read "Unfamiliar Surroundings" CD/LP/Track Review Unfamiliar Surroundings
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 10, 2017