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Alex Pinto is an award winning guitarist and composer from the Pacific NW. Hailed as the most original guitarist by the jury on his way to third prize at the 2008 Montreux International Jazz Guitar Competition, Pinto has established himself as a guitarist with a sound and concept unlike any player on the scene today. He released his debut album, Inner State, on Pursuance Records in 2011, with All About Jazz calling it, "...a rhythmically vital, modern jazz album that's constructed on a global stage, and introduces a guitar talent and composer with great promise." Pinto's guitar playing would go on to be featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Downbeat Magazine and elicit praise from Rez Abbasi, one of today's modern jazz guitar giants - "Alex is one of the very few players of his generation to seriously take on the challenge of creating a hybrid music, namely one of Jazz and Hindustani music


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Tarun Balani Collective: Dharma

Read "Dharma" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Drummer / composer Tarun Balani's previous album, Sacred World (Self Produced, 2013), offered audiences a fresh look at the synthesis and Indian music and jazz. On Dharma, Balani steps back a bit from the music of his homeland. The result is still an invigorating listen. Balani's composing here makes extensive use of hypnotic, propulsive ostinati. Conceptually, ...



Label: Breakup Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Unconditional.


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Alex Pinto: Unconditional

Read "Unconditional" reviewed by Dave Wayne

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 ...


All India Permit

Label: Pursuance Records
Released: 2014


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Alex Pinto & All India Permit: All India Permit

Read "All India Permit" reviewed by Dave Wayne

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 ...


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"All India Permit" - New Project & Ep From Pacific Nw-based Guitarist/Composer Alex Pinto, Due For 11/4 Release On Pursuance Records

"All India Permit" - New Project & Ep From Pacific Nw-based Guitarist/Composer Alex Pinto, Due For 11/4 Release On Pursuance Records

Calarts Grad Alex Pinto has been busy since the release of his highly praised debut album Inner State (Pursuance Records) in 2011. The guitarist launched SF Offside, a Bay Area jazz and creative music festival, with music curator Laura Maguire in 2012. He was an active presence in the bustling Bay Area indie scene, collaborating with ...


Inner State

Label: Pursuance Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: By 4; Chai Kinda Day; Outed; Two Pictures Of Love; Refresh; Do It Now; CIA.


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Alex Pinto Quartet: Inner State

Read "Inner State" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...


News: Recording

"Inner State," Debut CD by San Francisco-Based Guitarist/Composer Alex Pinto, to be Released by Pursuance Records 3/22

"Inner State," Debut CD by San Francisco-Based Guitarist/Composer Alex Pinto, to be Released by Pursuance Records 3/22

San Francisco-based jazz guitarist Alex Pinto has a sound and concept unlike any other player on the scene. On his debut CD, Inner State, which features his working quartet, Pinto makes a powerful first impression with his fluid phrasing, bright tone, and a program of seven original compositions marked by engaging melodies and unorthodox harmonic forms. ...


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