MICHAEL PEDICIN, LIVE AT THE LOFT

The Loft is a cozy 60-seat performance space upstairs from the Sandi Point Bistro in Southern New Jersey where tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin recorded his eleventh project, “Live At The Loft” (Jazz Hut Records), a lucid collection of songs associated with John Coltrane and played with deep affection by the leader. This intimate set brings out the best in Pedicin who says, “ I feel better playing live than in the studio. You’re in your element and in the moment.” He captures many fine moments on “Live” with interesting arrangements and robust rhythmic invention, performed by a band of like-minded musicians deserving wider recognition – gifted guitarist Johnnie Valentino, solid bassist Andy Lalasis, drummer Bob Schomo and pianist Jim Ridl.

Pedicin is a Philadelphia native whose 40-year career has included tours with Dave Brubeck and Pat Martino – his love affair with Coltrane is indisputable as it informs his sound and style of playing, but Pedicin is no sound-alike and his tone moves from smooth to creamy on the kick-off tune, “Theme For Ernie,” as well as an enticing Latinized version of “Like Sonny.” There’s a novel down-tempo approach to “Impressions” and the divine swing of Joey Calderazzo’s “Midnight Voyage,” an original tune originally performed by Michael Brecker, another Pendicin hero. A lovely ballad, “I Want To Talk About You” precedes the album’s closer and best tune, a handsome and modern reading of “Africa” that sums up Pedicin and his band’s intent to honor Coltrane their way and have a blast while doing so.


Pedicin is an unsung hero, well known in the Philadelphia scene, and a great saxophonist well worth discovering. I am happy to say he keeps an excellent website with up-to-date information about his music, how to purchase his CDs and performance schedule. Check it out.  (8 tracks; 57:31 minutes) www.michaelpedicin.com  On the video, Pedicin and his group perform "You Don't Know What Love Is" at the Richard Stockton College in 2009. It gives you a taste of his beautiful tone and handling of this standard. With Jim Ridl on piano, Tim Lekan on bass and Bob Shomo on drums. 

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MICHAEL PEDICIN, LIVE AT THE LOFT

Thursday, August 2, 2012

MICHAEL PEDICIN, LIVE AT THE LOFT

The Loft is a cozy 60-seat performance space upstairs from the Sandi Point Bistro in Southern New Jersey where tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin recorded his eleventh project, “Live At The Loft” (Jazz Hut Records), a lucid collection of songs associated with John Coltrane and played with deep affection by the leader. This intimate set brings out the best in Pedicin who says, “ I feel better playing live than in the studio. You’re in your element and in the moment.” He captures many fine moments on “Live” with interesting arrangements and robust rhythmic invention, performed by a band of like-minded musicians deserving wider recognition – gifted guitarist Johnnie Valentino, solid bassist Andy Lalasis, drummer Bob Schomo and pianist Jim Ridl.

Pedicin is a Philadelphia native whose 40-year career has included tours with Dave Brubeck and Pat Martino – his love affair with Coltrane is indisputable as it informs his sound and style of playing, but Pedicin is no sound-alike and his tone moves from smooth to creamy on the kick-off tune, “Theme For Ernie,” as well as an enticing Latinized version of “Like Sonny.” There’s a novel down-tempo approach to “Impressions” and the divine swing of Joey Calderazzo’s “Midnight Voyage,” an original tune originally performed by Michael Brecker, another Pendicin hero. A lovely ballad, “I Want To Talk About You” precedes the album’s closer and best tune, a handsome and modern reading of “Africa” that sums up Pedicin and his band’s intent to honor Coltrane their way and have a blast while doing so.


Pedicin is an unsung hero, well known in the Philadelphia scene, and a great saxophonist well worth discovering. I am happy to say he keeps an excellent website with up-to-date information about his music, how to purchase his CDs and performance schedule. Check it out.  (8 tracks; 57:31 minutes) www.michaelpedicin.com  On the video, Pedicin and his group perform "You Don't Know What Love Is" at the Richard Stockton College in 2009. It gives you a taste of his beautiful tone and handling of this standard. With Jim Ridl on piano, Tim Lekan on bass and Bob Shomo on drums. 

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