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Dave Pietro: New Road: Iowa Memoirs (ArtistShare)

Review of album from saxophonist best known for his work with the big bands of Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue and others

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Cover of Dave Pietro album New Road: Iowa Memoirs
Cover of Dave Pietro album New Road: Iowa Memoirs

In 2011 and 2012 Dave Pietro spent three weeks as an artist-in-residence at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He is a native New Englander and current New Yorker. Iowa was new to him: the corn fields to the horizon; the small plain towns where time had stopped; the welcoming people. He loved it. So he wrote this suite about it.

Pietro is a well-established reed player who has worked in the best orchestras (Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ryan Truesdell, Darcy James Argue). That he is also an accomplished composer-arranger might surprise people. His charts for quintet, with all their counterpoint lines and independent parts, achieve unusual fullness. In his carefully assembled designs, themes keep reappearing within rich blends.

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