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Dave Pietro: New Road: Iowa Memoirs

Read "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 2011, New York City-based saxophonist Dave Pietro was invited to spend three weeks as artist-in-residence at the University of Iowa. While there, he worked with young musicians in school programs across the state. It proved to be a rewarding commission for the native New Englander who was so enheartened that he chose to recreate the experience musically on his seventh album as leader, New Road: Iowa Memoirs. The journey begins quietly with Pietro's impression of “Sunrise ...

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Dave Pietro: New Road: Iowa Memoirs

Read "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In essence, New Road: Iowa Memoirs is the story of an urbanite's awakening to the rural lure. But to state this album's meaning in such reductive terms is to minimize its power and undercut the very beauty that inspired its creation in the first place. Back in 2011 and 2012, The University of Iowa tapped multi-reedist Dave Pietro to serve as an artist-in-residence for several weeks at that institution and surrounding schools. While Pietro, a mainstay on ...

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Dave Pietro: The Chakra Suite

Read "The Chakra Suite" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Alto saxophonist Dave Pietro is a heck of a bop player who, with his recent projects, has integrated world music and culture into his oeuvre. The Chakra Suite is a concept album that uses the seven bodily energy centers, or chakras, that are central to Indian medicine, as an organizational framework. These move in ascending order from base/natural to the more supreme/ethereal, and the ambiance of each tune is a musical abstraction of each chakra within Pietro's accessible but innovative ...

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Dave Pietro: Embrace: Impressions of Brazil

Read "Embrace: Impressions of Brazil" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dave Pietro follows his successful tribute to Stevie Wonder, Standard Wonder, with an hommage to the music of Brazil"" Embrace. This recording is a little-big-band recording of basically images of Brazil according to Mr. Pietro. The seeds of this recording were planted when Pietro was on tour in South America with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. During the tour, the band played in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Since that time, Pietro has been back numerous times. ...

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Dave Pietro and Banda Brazil: Embrace-ing Cultures

Read "Dave Pietro and Banda Brazil: <I>Embrace</I>-ing Cultures" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

I just love a band that grins. Like Whitney Balliett, I see jazz as the sound of surprise -- preferably a delightful one -- and I don't believe that serious music has to be made with long faces. Banda Brazil was grinning like mad the other night at the Cornelia Street Cafe, even though the six of them were crowded together on a tiny stage. In fact, two of them were actually off it, squeezed into the packed house that ...

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Dave Pietro: Standard Wonder: The Music of Stevie Wonder

Read "Standard Wonder: The Music of Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Songs composed by Stevie Wonder have been part of jazz for years. But this is the first time I've come across a jazz album devoted entirely to the music of the Motown master of soul and related genre. Dave Pietro, lead sax with Toshiko Akiyoshi's Jazz Orchestra, allots all the time on his 4th CD to Wonder compositions. Anyone who has listened to music on the radio for the last (almost) 40 years, will recognize some of these songs. Pietro ...

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Dave Pietro: Now Becoming Then

Read "Now Becoming Then" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Now Becoming Then is saxophonist-composer, Dave Pietro’s third release for Dutch-basedA-Records. Pietro is a smooth operator whether performing on soprano, alto or C-melody saxophones which is very much evident from the opening seconds of the breezy and tightly arranged title track, “Now Becoming Then”. Here, Pietro’s crisp, fluent and melodic phrasing on alto-sax rides atop a medium tempo swing complete with shifting rhythms, dynamics and a satiny flugelhorn solo by the talented Scott Wendholt. Pietro shows effortless command of his ...


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