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Bobby Previte: Rhapsody

Read "Rhapsody" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Distinguished drummer Bobby Previte is a renaissance man who composed, arranged and penned the lyrics on this impressive program. In addition, he supplements his rhythmic contributions with various percussion implements, guitar, autoharp and harmonica. The premise behind Rhapsody relates to Previte's viewpoint about travel and marks the second in a three- part series that originated in 2011 with Terminals Part I: Departures (Cantaloupe Music). Here, the artist uses an all-star lineup of pioneers accustomed to deviating from conventional norms.

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Bobby Previte: the Art of Travelling Trustingly

Read "Bobby Previte: the Art of Travelling Trustingly" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Bobby Previte has been at the forefront of the creative music scene for more than four decades. A restless aural storyteller with a knack for captivating concept albums, he has just released Rhapsody (RareNoise). This is the first album for which he has written not only the ear-opening music he is known for but also lyrics, which, courtesy of Jen Shyu's compelling delivery, take listeners to unexpected places. In this interview, Bobby Previte talks about Rhapsody, the second part of ...

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Interview with Bobby Previte & Notable New Releases

Read "Interview with Bobby Previte & Notable New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Just two months have passed and 2018 is already replete with amazing new music. In this episode we interview Bobby Previte about his new album Rhapsody [for the full interview click here], the second part of his “Travel Trilogy," and sample exciting new or upcoming releases by from various corners of the world. Happy Listening! Playlist Camille Bertault “Conne" from Pas de géant (Okeh) 0:00 Host Talks 3:11 The Michael Leonhart Orchestra “The Silent Swarm Over ...

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Catching up with Cantaloupe Music: Terminals Quartets, Field Recordings, Ilimaq, Anthracite Fields, Become Ocean & Discreet Music

Read "Catching up with Cantaloupe Music: Terminals Quartets, Field Recordings, Ilimaq, Anthracite Fields, Become Ocean & Discreet Music" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cantaloupe Music is the record label created by the three founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can organization--composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe--with Bang on a Can managing director Kenny Savelson. Since its 2001 founding it has featured music from Bang on a Can and other contemporary musicians making concert music a little too edgy and funky for the academic world. It is still home to a wide variety of music, as demonstrated by this sampling ...

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Bobby Previte: Mass

Read "Mass" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Finally, I understand Black Sabbath and it is about damn time. Musically, my preferences tend toward the durable and dependable blues pentatonic. That is something that, harmonically, I can understand from down in my DNA. That said, when I was a teenager, I wore into nothing, the first four Black Sabbath recordings. As much as they appealed to me, they could not compete with the Allman Brothers Band of the same period. What I had always wondered was where the ...

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Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Martin Longley

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016 Urban Meadow Community Garden Red Hook, Brooklyn June 12 & 19, 2016 This ninth edition of the Red Hook Jazz Festival appeared to draw its biggest crowd yet. Not that it's a large- capacity event, but perhaps a setting close to the water's edge at Red Hook makes it seem psychologically inaccessible to the lazy New Yorker, involving an actual 15 minute amble from the closest subway ...

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Bobby Previte & The New Bump: Set the Alarm for Monday

Read "Set the Alarm for Monday" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

A mysterious dame with gams to the ceiling walks in. Shifty characters with trench coats and perilously dangling cigarettes move among the shadows. A mickey is slipped, the double-cross completed. A tenor sax moans amid shimmering vibraphone, a spare bass line and imploring drums. Drummer Bobby Previte's Set the Alarm for Monday may not be the soundtrack to a classic film noir, though he and The New Bump evocatively conjure those moods. No stranger to the genre, ...

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Bobby Previte and the New Bump: Set The Alarm For Monday

Read "Set The Alarm For Monday" reviewed by Troy Collins

A seminal figure in the Downtown New York scene, drummer and composer Bobby Previte resurrected his Bump the Renaissance ensemble for the cinematic Set The Alarm For Monday. Previte's venerable acoustic group has featured a rotating roster of talent over the years, including Ray Anderson, Curtis Fowlkes, Wayne Horvitz, Lenny Picket, Steve Swallow and Tom Varner. Ellery Eskelin (tenor saxophone), Bill Ware (vibes) and Brad Jones (bass) form the current incarnation, with special guests Steven Bernstein (trumpet) and Jim Pugliese ...

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Bobby Previte: Verge: Pull To Open/Bump the Renaissance & April in New York

Read "Bobby Previte: Verge: Pull To Open/Bump the Renaissance & April in New York" reviewed by Christopher Shoe

Bobby Previte Verge: Pull To Open/Bump the Renaissance Zoar/Sound Aspects -- Nothing on Television is True 2007 Bobby Previte April in New York Nothing on Television is True 2007

A great many things come to mind when asked to describe drummer Bobby Previte: adventurous and original, creative and bold, authentic and edgy, always ...

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Swami LatePlate (Jamie Saft and Bobby Previte): Doom Jazz

Read "Doom Jazz" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Although Jamie Saft is best known as a jazz pianist, especially for his work with various Masada projects, he's a rocker at heart who lists ZZ Top among his favorite bands. Swami LatePlate--his duo with drummer Bobby Previte--seeks to a degree to cross the divide. In one sense a piano trio, with Saft doubling on electric bass, the project borrows as much from heavy rock sensibilities. Their debut album and the first on Saft's new label Veal, falls closer to ...

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Bobby Previte: The Coalition of the Willing

Read "The Coalition of the Willing" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

A good 80% of the music reviewed at All About Jazz is “instrumental": that is, it has no singing or human voices. It's almost superfluous to say so, of course: have you ever read a review that said “'St. Thomas,' like all the other cuts on Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus, is an instrumental offering ?

When people talk about instrumentals, they're often talking about rock 'n' roll, where the presence of the human voice is the norm, and instrumentals are ...

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Bobby Previte: The Coalition of the Willing

Read "The Coalition of the Willing" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Bobby Previte's musical evolution has been most fascinating. The records he's made for a variety of labels show an astonishing scope but, amazingly, there has never really been a disconnect, even now playing “electronic" drums or instrumental rock music. Color and expression have always been paramount in Previte's output and his palette has always been directed towards finding and creating form and beauty. So to his latest adventure, an explosive collection of instrumental rock music. Previte seems ...


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