Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pianist Alberto Pibiri New CD and Upcoming Live Appearances

A superb young jazz pianist, Alberto Pibiri builds upon
the inspiration of Oscar Peterson on his new Jazz Legacy release.

Pibiri also emerges as an important new songwriter, debuting ten originals with his trio, Adrian Cunningham on reeds, and several guests including veteran singers Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton.

Alberto Pibiri is a very impressive up-and-coming jazz pianist and songwriter. His playing is inspired by Oscar Peterson (whose virtuosic style he can duplicate) but he also displays his own musical personality throughout Jazz Legacy along with a real skill for creating fresh new melodies.

On Jazz Legacy, Pibiri is featured in a trio with bassist Paul Gill and drummer Paul Wells that is sometimes expanded by the inclusion of the skilled tenor-saxophonist and clarinetist Adrian Cunningham. The great singers Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton perform together on “For Sure,” Ms. Jordan is featured on “Be Free,” and the soulful “Oh Yeah” has fine vocalizing from Miriam Waks along with a guitar solo by guest Dave Stryker.

The memorable program begins with “For Oscar,” a tribute to Oscar Peterson that sounds like the type of joyful song that the immortal pianist could have written. Pibiri shows what he learned from studying Peterson’s many recordings. “Walkin’” (no relation to the jazz standard) has a laid back and playful melody that inspires a fine solo from Cunningham on clarinet. The beautiful ballad “My Sunshine,” the catchy and likable “New Bossa” (with Cunningham on tenor) and the relaxed “A Blues” could each become standards in the future due to their strong themes and the excellent playing by the musicians.

The blazing tempo of “Kiss Kiss” is easily essayed by the quartet with impressive improvisations by clarinetist Cunningham and Pibiri. Sheila Jordan gives the ballad “Be Free” a heartfelt treatment and interacts happily with Jay Clayton on the scat-filled “For Sure.” “Oh Yeah,” which has lyrics and singing by Miriam Waks in addition to a fine spot for Dave Stryker, has Cunningham recalling Stanley Turrentinewith his soulful tenor playing. The impressive program concludes with the pianist all alone on “It’s Me,” swinging his way through another classic theme.

Alberto Pibiri was born and raised in Italy where he studied classical music and jazz. He was so inspired by the recordings of Oscar Peterson that in his early years his trio often featured Peterson’s music at concerts and festivals in Italy and France. He met Sheila Jordan at one of her workshops in France and she was so impressed with Pibirí’s musical talents that she not only became his main mentor but sponsored his artist visa so he could move and perform in the United States. 

Based in New York ever since, Piberi has worked with a variety of top musicians including Ms. Jordan, Dave Stryker, Harry Allen, Essiet Essiet and Les DeMerle. He made his recording debut as a leader with 2011’s NYC (in a quartet with Stryker) and recently toured Australia with Adrian Cunningham, recording Swing It Out for the Arbors label with Professor Cunningham And His Old School. In 2017 Pibiri, who has played at many jazz venues including Smalls, Fat Cat. Blue Note, Trumpets and Shanghai Jazz as both a leader and a sideman, performed at Carnegie Hall.

Jazz Legacy, which is being released by SRI, a label directed by the legendary Shelley Leibowitz, gives listeners the opportunity to hear Alberto Pibiri, a rapidly developing talent, early in his career, performing his memorable songs with top-notch players.


ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM: tenor saxophone & clarinet
DAVE STRYKER: guitar (track 9)
SHEILA JORDAN: vocal (tracks 7 & 8)
JAY CLAYTON: vocal (track 8)
MIRIAM WAKS: vocal (track 9)

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Alberto Pibiri Upcoming Shows

Aug 22
Alberto Pibiri trio

Shanghai Jazz 7 -1030 pm  
1818 24 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940 

Sep 16
Alberto Pibiri trio 

Long Beach Jazz Festival

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Newvelle Records releases Skúli Sverrisson & Bill Frisell's first duo outing

From Newvelle: We are enormously excited to be releasing the first ever colaboration between Icelandic bassist Skúli Sverrisson and iconic guitarist Bill Frisell.  It's hard to believe that they've never played together before, they sound like they were separated at birth...


"I almost feel like I didn’t even play on this record.  Compositionally, what Skúli brought is so amazing.  There wasn’t anything for me to do, everything was there already.  So natural for me to fall into–so effortless.  What Skúli chose to play and what he wrote–he built this structure that didn’t have anything blocking me but it was holding me up the whole time.  It feels like we’ve known each other longer that we have.  And it feels like the start of something." – Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell and Skúli Sverrisson   ©Jordan Kleinman

Newvelle records releases music exclusively on vinyl and in six record box sets. Members subscribe to a season and receive one record every two months over the course of a year. For more information visit:

Shipping now as part of our Third Season of releases.

"Newvelle Exemplifies the art of the LP"
– James Hale, DownBeat Magazine

Steve Cardenas is releasing a record dedicated to greats Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. Recording, with a quartet built of long-time collaborators of both titans Loren Stillman on sax, Thomas Morgan on bass and Matt Wilson on drums, all Charlie and Paul tunes, a couple of which have never been recorded. (February 2018)

The Chicagoan composer and saxophonist Andrew Zimmerman (previously featured on our first release, Frank Kimbrough’s “Meantime”) has put together a drumless quartet featuring pianist Kevin Hays (recording here on the same 9 foot Fazioli that Jack DeJohnette used), the bassist Matt Penman and the great Dave Douglas on trumpet. (April 2018)

Lionel Loueke is releasing his first ever album of standards featuring extraordinary accomplices Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums. (June 2018)

Skúli Sverrisson and Bill Frisell are releasing their first collaboration. All original music from Skúlli, much of it written for Bill. If you are familiar with Skúlli and Bill's music, you'll know what you're getting into, a record of uncommon depth and beauty. (August 2018)

Incredible Cuban drummer Francisco Mela (McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield) is releasing an album of all original material with his working band featuring Kris Davis, Gerald Cannon and Hery Paz. (October 2018)

Boston based trumpeter Jason Palmer put together a band of his long time New York collaborators for a session of originals and original takes on standards with pianist Leo Genovese (previously featured on his own record on Newvelle), bassist Joe Martin and drummer Kendrick Scott. (December 2018)All of our cover and interior photographs for Season three come fare by Maciej Markowicz .  Original text by Ingrid Astier,  Our Recording Engineer on all six records is the incomparable multi-Grammy winning Marc Urselli.  Mastering engineer is the brilliant Alex Deturk .  Jim Hoppin and Sarah Enid Hagey shot lovely video for us at these sessions.  All video editing is by the award-winning Ben Chace.  Anna Yatskevich shoots all our studio photos. 

Bill Frisell and Skúli Sverrisson   ©Jordan Kleinman

Norwegian Bassist SIGURD HOLE Makes *NYC DEBUT* at ShapeShifter Lab :: Double Album Record Release Celebrations on 9.24 :: Solo & Trio Albums!

Elvesang is a quiet, introspective album where Hole's instrumental mastery always comes second to the music itself. An album of profound beauty.”
– John Kellman, All About Jazz (Elvesang, solo album)

“Drawing heavily on Norwegian folk traditions, Indian and Middle Eastern modes they forge an authentic, improvisational dialect which is at once both ancient and new. Finely textured, vividly coloured and rooted in no specific place or time, Encounters is a truly epicurean aural banquet.”
– Fred Grand, Jazz Journal (UK) (Encounters, trio album)


7pm set:
Sigurd Hole - double bass

7:45pm set:
Sigurd Hole - double bass
Håkon Aase - violin
Jarle Vespestad - drums

18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn NY 11215



Critically acclaimed Norwegian bassist/composer Sigurd Hole makes his NYC debut with the recent release of his solo double bass album, Elvesang, and his trio album, Encounters (with Jarle Vespestad – drums & Håkon Aase – violin), at Shapeshifter Lab on September 24th. He will present both projects in a double bill with Sigurd Hole solo double bass at 7pm and at 7:45pm with his Trio featuring Sigurd Hole - double bass; Håkon Aase – violin; Jarle Vespestad – drums. ShapeShifter Lab is located at 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Sigurd Hole has been one of Norway´s most in demand musicians for the past decade. Being part of Tord Gustavsens trio/quartet, Karl Seglem acoustic quartet, Eple Trio and Jon Eberson Group, as well as a frequent collaborator with amongst others Terje Isungset, Trygve Seim, Bugge Wesseltoft, Helge Lien and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, he has toured extensively worldwide been a vital part of more than 35 album releases as bass player, composer and arranger.

“I believe music can be found almost anywhere, in any sound, if we really listen. And this conscious act of listening might be one of the most vital human faculties to help us overcome the different challenges of today. It is my hope that the practice of listening consciously to music, with an open mind and keen ears, may inspire us to listen more carefully to all our surroundings: to each other, to nature, and to ourselves,” says Sigurd in the liner notes of Elvesang. Inspired by a Rumi poem, Sigurd attests “Maybe, if we listen deeply enough, we will hear the echo of a quiet, bright reedsong.”

All day and night, music, a quiet, bright
reedsong. If it
fades, we fade.

- Rumi
(trans. Coleman Barks)

2018 started out with the release of his solo double bass album Elvesang – his first outing as a solo artist. Recorded in an old wooden church in Rendalen, Norway, Elvesang embraces silence and meditative qualities in music, giving it what has been described like a zen-like tranquility. The album received great reviews in both Norway, Sweden, Germany, USA, Canada and Japan, and was listed under the Recommended new releases section of The New York City Jazz Record in both March and April issues.

As a bassist, Sigurd Hole represents an innovative and creative approach to his instrument, strongly influenced by elements from Norwegian folk music. This influence is evident both on Elvesang and his more recent trio album Encounters. The latter also contains elements of Indian and Middle Eastern traditional music. Throughout all times music has travelled around the world, developing and changing in meeting different cultures and people. Influenced by the trio members own travels and their own encounters with music from different places, Sigurd Hole Trio represents an unique mix of eastern and western musical traditions described by listeners as a "beautiful, magical and otherworldly experience". 

Sigurd Hole Trio includes Tord Gustavsen’s long-term drummer Jarle Vespestad amongst its ranks, the third member being young violinist Håkon Aase. Aase, despite his young age, has already partaken in several album releases on the renowned German label ECM as a member Mathias Eicks band and Thomas Strønen´s “Time is a blind guide”.

In addition to his own album releases in 2018, Sigurd Hole makes his first ECM appearance  as part of Tord Gustavsen´s new trio on their upcoming album “The other side” (due September 1st). They will perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center September 25th.



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