Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra: El Viaje II


El Viaje II


Pedro Giraudo (bass)


El Viaje (PGM 020579)

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Pedro Giraudo (bass), Will Vinson (alto and soprano saxophones), Todd Bashore (baritone sax), Luke Batson (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Carl Maraghi (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet), Jonathan Powell (trumpet), Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet), Ryan Keberle (trombone), Mike Fahie (trombone), Jess Jurkovic (piano), Jeff Davis (drums), Tony De Vivo (cajon, guiro).

Composed by Pedro Giraudo


Recorded: May 31-June 1, 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Dynamic and a little unpredictable, “El Viaje II” is the short but sprightly second movement of Pedro Giraudo’s four-part jazz pocket symphony. The composer segregates the charts for the brass from the reeds for the start of this piece, before trombone and trumpet solos emerge. What is fascinating is not so much these two solos, which are plenty competent on their own. Rather, it’s the interesting chord changes both of the soloists navigate through. The rest of the horns accentuates the improvising in just the right measure, a credit to Giraudo’s arranging acumen.

Clocking in at less than four minutes, “El Viaje II” goes to show how much sophistication can be fitted into a highly arranged orchestral number with a relatively short running time.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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