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Victor Prieto: Persistencia

Read "Persistencia" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

On Victor Prieto's debut recording, the accomplished Spanish accordionist has chosen to approach his instrument in a new way. Aided by bassist Carlo DeRosa and drummer Allison Miller, Prieto included Egberto Gismonti's “Frevo, John Coltrane's “26-2 and Astor Piazzolla's “Libertango in a program with six original compositions.

Starting with “Frevo, Prieto immediately dazzles ...

Victor Prieto: Persistencia

Read "Persistencia" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Originally from Orense, Spain, accordionist Victor Prieto brings old-world charm and a new-fangled approach to jazz. Prieto's debut CD release, Persistencia, featuring Carlo DeRosa on acoustic bass and Allison Miller on trap drums, showcases the leader's unique approach to harmony, melody, and tone, effectively translating the accordionist's unique jazz sensibility via an unusual instrumental vehicle.

The ...

Victor Prieto: Persistencia

Read "Persistencia" reviewed by William Grim

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 ...

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Victor Prieto: Persistencia

Read "Persistencia" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La Foxhaven Records è una giovane etichetta indipendente, con un catalogo ancora in divenire ma dalla linea artistica ben chiara: recuperare artisti del passato e valorizzare musicisti emergenti, come il fisarmonicista Victor Prieto, il tutto con un attenzione particolare alla qualità sonora. Nativo di Orense (Spagna) ma da tempo residente a New York, Victor Prieto è stato prima studente ...

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Victor Prieto: Persistencia

Read "Persistencia" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Trios are sensitive things. They take a jump in the complexity from duos, yet can't be split into rhythm and lead instruments like quartets. To create a cohesive sound, all the members of the trio must be listening carefully to the overall balance. Each can essentially be a soloist at a different level. The trio that ...

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Victor Prieto: Persistencia

Read "Persistencia" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The accordion seems to be gaining favor in the jazz world--just think of Gary Versace's beautiful playing on the title cut of Maria Schneider's masterpiece, Concert in the Garden, in an orchestral setting. Victor Prieto goes with a pared-down approach on Persistencia, placing the squeezebox out in front of bass (Carlo DeRosa) and drums (Allison Miller).

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Victor Prieto: Persistencia

Read "Persistencia" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

There is a strange beauty in the accordion, a most unusual musical instrument. From polka to tango, the accordion has a sound that is instantly recognizable. It has surfaced more in popular music and jazz-influenced recordings, like Richard Galliano's Ruby, My Dear (Dreyfus, 2005). Victor Prieto now makes a most compelling case for the accordion as ...

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Victor Prieto: Persistencia

Read "Persistencia" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The resurgence of the accordion during the past decade, in jazz in particular, seems almost to rival the instrument's popularity during the 1950s, with mainstream artists like Art Van Damme and Angelo Di Pippo actually selling records. In the post-Millennium era, that torch is being kept alive by France's Richard Galliano, who has shown his affinity ...