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Invisible Cities [Pete Malinverni]

  • 1. I Love Paris
    2. New Orleans -- Cities & Desire
    3. Chicago
    4. Venice -- Cities & Memory
    5. Cities & Time
    6. Lonely Town
    7. Istanbul
    8. Salem -- Hester Prynne
    9. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York
    10. City Called Heaven, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 192

  • Credits
    ProducerMark Feldman
    EngineerJim Anderson

    Personnel: Pete Malinverni (piano); Rich Perry (tenor saxophone); Tim Hagans (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ugonna Okegwo (acoustic bass, bass guitar); Tom Melito (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Thomas Conrad.
    Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (09/19/2007).
    Many of the pieces on pianist Pete Malinverni's Invisible Cities were inspired in part by the book of the same name by Italo Calvino, though in Malinverni's case, the cities he portrays in his composition are not figments of his imagination. Recruiting a top-flight band for the date, including tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, trumpeter/flgelhornist Tim Hagans, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Tom Melito, Malinverni delivers a CD with a striking mix of originals and familiar songs (the latter reshaped dramatically). The dark mood of the pianist's "New Orleans -- Cities & Desire" reflects the somber mood after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, with Hagans' mournful muted trumpet backed by the somber rhythm section. Malinverni blends several stylistic influences in his lively "Cities & Time," which is powered by an infectious ostinato bassline. The bittersweet "Salem -- Hester Prynne" is named for the scorned adulterer in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, a moving portrait of a complex character. His interpretations of others' works are also essential. Malinverni's dissonant setting of the oldie "Chicago" is charming, highlighted by his off-center piano solo. The leader's heartfelt take of Leonard Bernstein's "Lonely Town" showcases Perry's lush tenor, while his rollicking piano is the centerpiece of the infectious scoring of George Gershwin's "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York." It is hardly surprising for Malinverni to close the disc with the old gospel hymn "A City Called Heaven," as he has long been active as a music director in a Brooklyn church. His deliberate interpretation brings out the lyrical magic of this timeless piece. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.104) - "As a composer and arranger, Malinverni is as methodically and rhythmically direct and architectural as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk..."
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