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When Giraudo channeled the big band and folkloric spirit through careful orchestration, the music sounded vital—the careful deployment of techniques and aesthetics rather than wishy-washy nostalgia. When history served merely as a flourish—the flamenco clapping, Davis' overly excited Swing Era drum solo—the music sounded dated, out-of-touch. In this premiere performance, the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra probed for its best sound, erring occasionally, but, in the best big band tradition, making up for shortcomings with sustained punch and vigor.
I love jazz because it is a pure American music and can be expressed in different ways depending upon the artist.
I was first exposed to jazz while as a teenager I listened to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, on a jazz
radio station in New York City.