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Dave Pietro's "Banda Brazil" at Dizzy's Club "Coca-Cola", "After Hours"

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Dave Pietro’s Banda Brazil
(Dave Pietro Website)
“After Hours”
Dave Pietro on Saxophone
Adriano Santos on Drums
Leonardo Cioglia on Bass
Mike Holober on Piano
Pete McCann on Guitar

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director 
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 13, 2008

For the “After Hours” set tonight, Dave Pietro’s Banda Brazil followed Trio da Paz, for a full Brazilian evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Guitar, saxes, drums, bass, and keyboard fused for contemporary Brazilian rhythms. Dave Pietro played full force, early on, and his mastery of the saxophone was compelling. Banda Brazil camouflages the Samba more than traditional Jobim musicality, but the Rio beat remains vibrant. Adriano Santos, on drums, as Brazilian as they come, played pronounced, Brazilian percussion. Dave Pietro composed and arranged the vivacious music in tonight’s set. In the second piece, “Equanimity”, Pietro’s sax was dizzy and atonal, with staccato contrasts in tone and rhythm. “And So It Is”, the next piece, was more atmospheric and somber, with Pietro’s smooth sax introduction. Pete McCann was featured here on guitar, mirroring the moody melody. Hints of Brazil could be heard.

“The Scene Between Two Unseens” had generous sax solos, pulsating and persuasive, plus drums, guitar, and ambient keyboard. Mike Holober breezed in after Pietro’s sax with frenzied chords. An electric organ motif ensued, and Santos’ drums and McCann’s guitar added to the musical magnetism. “Embrace” featured Pietro on saxophone, with bright clear tones, followed by McCann on guitar. McCann took the same theme and embellished it, finally fusing with Santos, on rapid drums. “Hamartia”, with Greek and Brazilian elements, was infused with fast, furious fireworks, thanks to Leonardo Cioglia’s blended bass, plus guitar, drums, and keyboard. Pietro’s sax took an occasional riff, and the set ended with electric, edgy effects.

Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.

Pete McCann on Guitar
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Dave Pietro's Banda Brazil
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Dave Pietro on Saxophone
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Mike Holober on Piano,
Leonardo Cioglia on Bass,
Adriano Santos on Drums
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

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