highlight Bobby Previte promises a powerhouse
BOBBY PREVITE and BUMP
Saturday, October 26
At the Yardbird Suite
Doors at 8:00 P.M. Members $26/Guests $30
Solid jazz fans and the under-initiated alike are bound to enjoy a true
highlight of the fall jazz season down at the Yardbird Suite on Saturday,
New York-based musician, composer and drummer Bobby Previte brings his
all-star ensemble to Edmonton for one night only, following performances
over the last week in Oakland, Portland and Vancouver.
Bobby Previte and BUMP not only feature Previteís
funky-to-crashing-to-subversive drumming, but also four other gifted and
established musicians, including: Steve Swallow on bass, Wayne Horvitz on
keyboards, Marty Ehrlich on saxophone and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone.
"These four guys are great musicians... I like letting out the rope with
them," says Previte. "I try to subvert the music and I like it when they
subvert the music. I like it when people brush my ideas off and go their own
way. With these guys, you can do that kind of thing."
All five players in BUMP are stellar names in jazz circles. Bassist Steve
Swallow, for example, has played for years with Carla Bley in different
settings, and spent many years with the Gary Burton Quartet in the í70s and
Previte first met Swallow about six years ago when Swallow was playing with
Bley at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Previte recalls that after he was
introduced to Bley, she said, "Oh, youíre Bobby Previte, we hate you... your
music is too good."
Previte says that the Yardbird gig will not only feature some pieces from
the groupís Just Add Water (2001, Palmetto Records) release, but also new
material that will soon be on tape. "Weíre going into the studio two days
after this gig. You can tell the people to expect a powerhouse band that can
play to the back of the room... weíre an exciting band live."
Thereís no reason to doubt Previte on his jazz word. The manís not just a
musician; heís a thinking personís thinking person. When asked to sound off
a single famous quote, he pulled out three musically-applicable comments
from Picasso, Jane Austen, and Napoleon.
"It took me five years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a
child," Previte says, paraphrasing the first of the bunch. "Thatís where you
want to get to. Play is important, we have to be spontaneous Ė music really
has to be free."
As a musician and composer, Previte has freed himself to cover all parts of
the musical map, including playtime with electronic drums, his "new
passion." Check out www.bobbyprevite.com for MP3s, discography and a
"history" lesson on the manís musical works and many collaborations.
Although the cover charge for this show is steeper than for most Yardbird
events, itís a sound bet that every last jazz dollar spent on the evening
will give good payback. But donít take this writerís word for it; take Carla
For more proof positive of the mega-credentials in the BUMP ensemble, check
out the Yardbird's website at www.yardbirdsuite.com.