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Pedro Giraudo: Mr. Vivo

- CD Review

Pedro Giraudo: Mr. Vivo
2002 Pedro Giraudo
Pedro Giraudo on Bass
Tony Barba on Tenor Sax
Jeff Davis on Drums
Tony De Vivo on Percussion
Jess Jurkovic on Piano
Ryan Keberle on Trombone
Jonathan Powell on Trumpet
Will Vinson on Alto Sax

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 16, 2004

This is a traditional, cultural, and contemporary jazz CD of mostly original compositions, fused with sounds of Latin and South America, notably Puerto Rico and Argentina, sometimes with exotic percussion. Giraudo’s bass is a powerful presence to the intoxicating infusions of brass, percussion, and piano.

Notable tracks:

#3 – La Dormilona -- Composed by Giraudo. This composition, in clave beat, has a Mambo/Salsa feel, fused with rippling melodies on sax, followed by straight tones on trombone. A racing trumpet completes the piece.

#5 – Danza de la moza donosa – Composed by Alberto Ginastera. With a noticeable Tango theme, the piano leads this piece through evocative percussion and a Big Band sound from the horns.

#8 – Córdoba – Composed by Giraudo. This very brief piece has a softly fused entrance from the horns, interrupted only from a complimentary theme on trombone.

#9 – Ya llega mayo – Composed by Giraudo. With a pulsating percussive lead, followed by a tempting trombone, Giraudo has created a decidedly Latin rhythm here. This is a very different and exciting sound. When the trumpet takes the lead, followed by a full compliment of horns, Latin turns to straight jazz, but there remains an underlying clave connection, quite lovely, beneath the interesting keyboard melody.

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