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Bobby Previte: Watch the Music

Bobby Previte (left) with the New Bump

Without a doubt, there’s a cinematic allure to Bobby Previte’s latest disc, Set the Alarm for Monday (Palmetto). Steering his current ensemble, the New Bump, the veteran drummer/composer invents dreamy soundscapes that sound as if they were lifted from some vintage film noir. The songs’ evocative titles, such as “I’d Advise You Not to Miss Your Train” and “There Was Something in My Drink” only heighten the sense of silver-screen suspense. While Previte readily admits that his compositions often play out like movie soundtracks, he doesn’t want listeners to get too caught up in that conceit.

“The film connection is a question that I get asked a lot. It’s fascinating, because I’m just writing music,” he says. “Oftentimes song titles can influence what you hear.” Previte then argues for composers to give their works titles like “Sketch #1” or “Symphony #2,” pointing out that titles and songs sometimes exist separately. “I wonder if I had titled these tunes ‘Chiaroscuro’ or ’15th Chapel’ that people would view them in a different manner,” he says with a laugh.

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