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Pete Malinverni & Juliet Kurtzman: Candlelight: Love In The Time Of Cholera

Read "Candlelight: Love In The Time Of Cholera" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Gabriel García Márquez is a Columbian author whose novel Love In The Time Of Cholera forms part of the title of this duo recording by jazz pianist Pete Malinverni and classical violinist Juliet Kurtzman. The theme of the novel is about love found, lost and found again, while the musical program presented here keeps the love theme in focus surveying jazz and classical musical styles from the Americas. Malinverni has an evocative and vibrant playing style ...

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Pete Malinverni: Heaven

Read "Heaven" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton


Perhaps church would be fashionable again amongst lapsed Christians if every church had musicians at the spec of Pete Malinverni. We have, in part, much to admire of the LA based Newman family for their reach in music and its training, in which composer, Anthony Newman was an insightful mentor to Malinverni's dedication. It would seem that to get to Heaven you must start at the Bach. As a summons Malinverni's call to prayer is witness to some ...

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Pete Malinverni: Heaven

Read "Heaven" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


New York City-based pianist Pete Malinverni is a spiritual man. It's a side of his musical personality that he explores with depth and clarity on Heaven, a mostly trio affair that puts his succinct feel for the sacred, his supple and exquisite touch and his improvisational elan in the forefront on a gorgeous set of music. He serves up the traditional-- “Shenandoah," “A City Called Heaven," “Wade In the Water--along with Duke Ellington's “Heaven" and “Come Sunday," and more, including ...

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Pete Malinverni Trio: A Beautiful Thing

Read "A Beautiful Thing" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The great tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins once said: “[music]...if you don't make mistakes you're not really trying." Pianist Pete Maliverni seems to have taken this statement to heart, going into the studio with his working trio--bassist Lee Hudson and drummer Eliot Zigmund--to record A Beautiful Thing, producing a music full of inspired flexibility, much like what would be heard on a live date.The set underscores advice that would be well-taken by any jazz musician--any artist for that matter--that ...

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Pete Malinverni: Invisible Cities

Read "Invisible Cities" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Pete Malinverni's Invisible Cities:, inspired by the imaginative flights of Italo Calvino's novel of the same name, exists on its own terms and doesn't readily fit into any established jazz style or sensibility. The pianist effectively juxtaposes six of his compositions and four well-known, urban-themed songs. His ballad-oriented tunes, “New Orleans--Cities & Desire," “Salem--Hester Prynne," and “A City Called Heaven," are clothed in lovely, expressive melodies, the kind that beg for equally inspired lyrics. Beautifully interpreted by Tim Hagans's trumpet, ...

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Pete Malinverni: Invisible Cities

Read "Invisible Cities" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee


A concept record of sorts, pianist Pete Malinverni was initially inspired to put his Invisible Cities project together after reading the Italian novelist Italo Calvino's book of the same name. Though the CD is full of good jazz improvisation (with a truly wonderful rhythm team of bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Tom Melito), it also seems to be in conflict: whether to be as ambitious in concept as the book might suggest or simply to play some good, honest swinging ...

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Coming Of Age: Life, on the Road to Parnassus

Read "Coming Of Age: Life, on the Road to Parnassus" reviewed by AAJ Staff


By Pete Malinverni

One day you turn around and realize that, by now, in your 40s, you have lived--and are living--the life of a musician. For me, this was not accidental--years of practice, study, gigs, listening, all of that--but I enjoy looking back at decisions taken that led me to the exact point at which I now stand. These choices were almost never made with long term goals in mind but were rather born of attempts to do well in ...


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