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Alex Pinto: Unconditional

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Now resident in Seattle, guitarist Alex Pinto has shifted his musical focus somewhat from his previous recordings, All India Permit (Pursuance Records, 2014) and Inner State (Pursuance Records, 2011). Whereas All India Permit was, as one may gather from the title, a synthesis of jazz, rock, and the music of India (Pinto's ancestral homeland), and Inner State dealt more directly with modern jazz, Unconditional finds Pinto working in an overtly rock-derived milieu. There's a casual, indie-rock lope to Unconditional, a ...

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Alex Pinto & All India Permit: All India Permit

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The recipient of a Fulbright / Nehru Scholarship, guitarist and composer Alex Pinto chose to study and teach for a year at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) in Tamil Nadu, India. The Seattle native quickly made his way into the burgeoning Indian jazz scene, gathering New Delhi-based drummer Tarun Balani and bassist Abhinav Khokhar to form a potent and limber trio. Their new EP, titled All India Permit fuses jazz-based rhythmic aesthetics with compositional concepts derived from Carnatic music. ...

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Alex Pinto Quartet: Inner State

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Indo-American forms of jazz have become more common over the years, but plenty of people who work in this arena have little personal connection to this hybrid form of music. Guitarist Alex Pinto is an exception. Pinto's paternal lineage leads to Karnataka, in southwestern India, and his worldly upbringing contributes to his unique sound. While the guitarist was born in the Washington, D.C. area, he spent part of his childhood in Poland and Russia, where his father was posted by ...