Bobby Previte

Bobby Previte

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Name = Bobby Previte

Img_capt = Bobby Previte during a rehearsal in Moscow in 1991. Photo by Mikhail Evstafiev
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Origin = New York, New York
Instrument = Drums, Percussion
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Genre = Jazz, Experimental, Rock
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Robert "Bobby" Previte (born July 16, 1951, Niagara Falls, New York) is a drummer, composer and bandleader. Previte earned a B.A. in music at the University at Buffalo, where he also studied percussion. He moved to New York City in 1979, and became active in the city's thriving jazz and experimental music scenes. He began professional relationships with John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, Elliott Sharp and 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 guitar and keyboards, trombone, harp, accordion, banjo, pedal steel guitar, tuba, and harmonica — while emphasizing each instrument's unique, individual sound." [ [ Claude's Late Morning Review] Dave Lynch, "" Retrieved October 24 2007] Another critic notes Previte's "driving and propulsive compositions, featuring both fiery jazz expressionism and layered counterpoint that suggested elements of contemporary minimalism. [ [ Empty Suits Review] David Lynch, "" 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 Camilo and double-bassist Tracie 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 Gneushev that performed at the Gershwin Theatre on 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." [ [ Biography] , "" 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 [ [,,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 [ [ Biography] "" 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 Benevento and two saxophones.
*"Groundtruther," a duo with Hunter.
*"The Beta Popes," a power trio with Skerik and Saft.

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). [ [ Note by artist] "", 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 Saft as "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.

elected Discography

*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 Camilo and Tracie Huntington
*1990: "Empty Suits"
*1990: "On the Other Hand" with Michel Camilo and 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"
*1997: "Euclid's Nightmare" - John Zorn & Bobby Previte
*1998: "Remixes" - Ponga
*1998: "Dangerous Rip"
*1998: "Latin for travellers"
*1999: "Psychological" - Ponga
*1999: "In the Grass"
*2002: "Just Add Water"
*2002: "The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró"
*2003: "Counterclockwise"
*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)


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