A Bend in the River

A Bend in the River

by Roberto Occhipinti

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Overview

A Bend in the River

Never straying far from his classical or jazz roots, Toronto bassist Roberto Occhipinti presents this orchestral-based effort in tandem with either a small string ensemble or the Globalis Orchestra based in Moscow. It's not so much a folk-styled effort as the title suggests, but an organic effort bringing two worlds together slightly off the beaten path into this kind of fusion music, with a beautiful result. Occhipinti's core group of the brilliant drummer Dafnis Prieto, alto saxophonist Luis Deniz, and pianist David Virelles take charge in many instances of the melodies and harmonies, but the string component is much more than mere window dressing, as they work together. There's nothing syrupy or contrived about this idea, it's all in the spirit of cooperation, collaboration, shared values, and balance. While there is some big-band style hard bop ("Umbria" and "Chamacos") along with a little funk or some ballads here, Occhipinti loves to thematically create vistas and horizons of dawn and dusk. "Marta" features the individualistic Deniz in this realm, although the sound itself is not all that developed, but a version of John Coltrane's "Naima" focuses on the more symphonic nature with a twist of the large group's collective personality. Also with Globalis, the title selection has the Aaron Copland feel of fields and expansive flatlands where you can see for miles, a light samba punctuated by the guitar work of brother Michael Occhipinti, and the distinctly African but not heavy drumming of the legendary Tony Allen. While this kind of music is nothing new for Roberto Occhipinti, it is a tipping point for his career. Will he continue to explore this duality of his life, or go in a completely different direction?

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2010
Label: Alma Records
UPC: 0880504111828
catalogNumber: 11182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roberto Occhipinti   Primary Artist,Bass
Tony Allen   Drums
Marie Berard   Violin
Douglas Perry   Viola
Kevin Turcotte   Trumpet
Michael Occhipinti   Guitar
John Johnson   Bass Clarinet
Allt   Flute
Dafnis Prieto   Drums
Annalee Patipatanakoon   Violin
Roman Borys   Cello
David Virelles   Piano
Luis Deniz   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

John "Beetle" Bailey   Engineer
John Coltrane   Composer
Roberto Occhipinti   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Luis Deniz   Composer
Jeff McCullough   Engineer
Chris Jackson   Engineer
Jose Ortega   Art Direction

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