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Dave Georgetti

A life long musical journey began when Dave Georgetti picked up his first guitar at age five. The journey continued in earnest when he began his professional music studies at Berklee College of Music where he received dual BA degrees in both Jazz Composition and Music Production and Engineering. As a master guitarist and composer his original compositions embody a unique blend of rhythms, harmonies, and musical textures. His music transcends traditional Latin music by combining jazz elements with acoustic and electric instruments while introducing new Latin Fusion grooves.

“It begins with a groove.” For Dave Georgetti, it is the rhythmic groove in his original compositions that propels the music and defines the overall flow of the song. Laying down the groove foundation with drums, percussion and bass guitar gives the song direction. His recent album release, “Mother’s Son”, represents a new dimension in Latin Jazz. The fusion of traditional acoustic Latin-style guitar with hot electric guitar brings Latin Jazz to a new level.

Georgetti’s music is undeniably rhythmic driven. His Brazilian and Cuban percussion create pulsating rhythms with timbales, congas, tan tan, pandeiro, cabasa, guiro and cuica that drive and adorn the music’s Latin grooves. The underlying elements are Afro-Cuban, mambo, cha cha, samba and bossa nova. The music on “Mother’s Son” is not based on only one rhythm- truly all of the songs are based on original grooves wrapped around various Latin styles. For instance, “Baile de Fuego” is based on a combination of funk and mambo and the result is a pulsating dance song that could be heard in any dance club.

“Once the groove is down then everything that follows tends to lock into place like a puzzle. Chords and harmonies are brought in with the rhythm guitar. The song really takes direction at that point.”

“As I start to layer more parts and instruments, ideas start to flow.” He uses a variety of instrumentation for the songs’ melodies. “I like to try to keep things interesting melodic-wise. That is, mix it up so there is not the same instrument playing the melody in every song.” Many of the songs are orchestrated with piano, horns and flute.

Having a great song is only half of the formula for a great musical performance. “By having the highest level of musicianship in my group, my music really comes to life. And if my audience like the recorded version of this music, they will be blown away with the live version.”

Look for Dave Georgetti’s new album release “Mother’s Son” in December 2009.