- Bobby Previte
Infobox musical artist
Name = Bobby Previte
Img_capt = Bobby Previte during a rehearsal in
Moscowin 1991. Photo by Mikhail Evstafiev
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Robert Previte
Born = Birth date and age|1951|7|16|mf=y
Origin = New York, New York
Instrument = Drums, Percussion
Genre = Jazz, Experimental, Rock
URL = http://www.bobbyprevite.com/
Robert "Bobby" Previte (born
July 16, 1951, Niagara Falls, New York) is a drummer, composerand bandleader. Previte earned a B.A. in music at the University at Buffalo, where he also studied percussion. He moved to New York Cityin 1979, and became active in the city's thriving jazzand experimental musicscenes. He began professional relationships with John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, Elliott Sharpand others that have continued, intermittently, to the present.
While Previte is a talented drummer he has also received critical acclaim for his "exceptional abilities as a composer and orchestrator." [Bobby Previte, Brandishing Pen And Drumsticks, Steve Futterman, "The Washington Post", Mar 24, 2002. Retrieved
April 20 2007] A review of his 1988 album "Claude's Late Morning" reports that "Perhaps most striking is Previte's skill in composing music that fully integrates these disparate instruments — including drums and drum machine, electric guitarand keyboards, trombone, harp, accordion, banjo, pedal steel guitar, tuba, and harmonica— while emphasizing each instrument's unique, individual sound." [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:6fu67ul070j0~T1 Claude's Late Morning Review] Dave Lynch, "AllMusic.com" Retrieved October 24 2007] Another critic notes Previte's "driving and propulsive compositions, featuring both fiery jazz expressionism and layered counterpointthat suggested elements of contemporary minimalism. [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:4tfqoarayijz~T1 Empty Suits Review] David Lynch, "AllMusic.com" Retrieved October 24 2007]
Like fellow New Yorker
Henry Threadgill, Previte's compositions are often tightly arranged, with little or no improvisation. Also like Threadgill, Previte often uses unusual instrumentation and also draws on many non-jazz musics for his compositions.
He worked with Dominican
pianist Michel Camiloand double-bassistTracie Huntington on their albums "On The Other Hand", "On Fire", and "Michel Camilo" itself in 1988-90. In 1991, he wrote the score for "Cirk Valentin" (Moscow Circus on Stage), a stage show consisting of circus acts created by Valentin Gneushevthat performed at the Gershwin Theatreon Broadway.
Recent compositional works as of Spring 2007 include:
*"The Constellations Ensemble," a chamber group touring the multi-media show, "The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró".
*"The Separation," a collaboration with writer/director Andrea Kleine "dealing with the role of religion in society. Based on the 15th century composer Guilliaume Dufay’s Missa Sancti Jacobi and written for early music pioneers the Rose Ensemble with electric band." [ [http://www.bobbyprevite.com/bio-onepage.htm Biography] , "bobbyprevite.com" Retrieved
October 24 2007]
Previte has received excellent reviews and full articles in major newspapers such as The New York Times [A Drummer, Different And Yet In the Groove, Peter Water, "The New York Times", October 1, 1998. Retrieved
April 20 2007] , The Washington Post and The Guardian [ [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/critic/review/0,,1141244,00.html Bobby Previte] John Fordham, "The Guardian", February 5, 2004. Retrieved October 24 2007] for playing a wide range of genres and venues [ [http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=10421 Biography] "AllAboutJazz.com" Retrieved October 24 2007] and for qualities as diverse as his intellectual aesthetic to his ability "to groove." Recent and current projects as of Spring 2007 include :
*"Dialed In," a solo electronic drum show collaboration with video artist Benton-C Bainbridge.
*The Coalition of the Willing, a guitar quartet featuring
Charlie Hunter, Steven Bernstein and Jamie Saft.
*"Strike," a new quartet with organist
Marco Beneventoand two saxophones.
*"Groundtruther," a duo with Hunter.
*"The Beta Popes," a power trio with
Much of Previte's work is also improvisational. One of Previte's own favorite recorded improvisational collaborations was with
John Zorn, " Euclid's Nightmare" (Depth of Field 1997). [ [http://www.bobbyprevite.com/discog/d11_euclid.htm Note by artist] "bobbyprevite.com", Retrieved October 24 2007] In the 1990s, he performed with the Seattle-based 100% improvisational musical collective Ponga with Wayne Horvitz, Skerik, and Dave Palmer. Previte has collaborated with Jamie Saftas "Swami Late Plate." Also the improvisational "Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, Skerik: Live in 2003" (DVD - Word Public) was released in 2006. "April In New York", is a 5-DVD set released 2007 of improvisational duets.
*1985: "Bump the Renaissance"
*1986: "Dull Bang, Gushing Sound, Human Shriek"
*1987: "Pushing the Envelope"
*1988: "Claude's Late Morning"
*1988: "Michel Camilo" with Camilo himself and Tracie Huntington
*1989: "On Fire" with
Michel Camiloand Tracie Huntington
*1990: "Empty Suits"
*1990: "On the Other Hand" with
Michel Camiloand Tracie Huntington
*1991: "Music of the Moscow Circus-Moscow Circus on Stage"
*1991: "Weather Clear Track Fast"
*1993: "Hue and Cry"
*1994: "Slay the Suitors"
*1996: "Too Close to the Pole"
*1996: "Ponga" - Ponga
*1997: "My Man in Sydney"
Euclid's Nightmare" - John Zorn& Bobby Previte
*1998: "Remixes" - Ponga
*1998: "Dangerous Rip"
*1998: "Latin for travellers"
*1999: "Psychological" - Ponga
*1999: "In the Grass"
Just Add Water"
*2002: "The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró"
*2004: "Latitude" - Groundtruther
*2005: "Longitude (album)|Longitude" - Groundtruther
*2006: "Bobby Previte - Jamie Saft - Skerik - Live in Japan 2003" (Word Public - DVD)
*2006: "The Coalition of the Willing"
*2007: "Live at Tonic" - Marco Benevento
*2007: "Altitude" - Groundtruther
*2007: "April In New York" (DVD)
*2007: "The Separation" (DVD)
* [http://www.bobbyprevite.com/ BobbyPrevite.com]
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