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by Eddie Parente

Like the beautiful bird for which this CD is named, these original jazz and Latin compositions played by 9 piece ensemble, featuring violin, take flight in vibrant color, soaring on languid currents that carry the listener with grace.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Valentia
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2. Song For Stevie Wonder
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3. Small Jazz
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4. Eitlean
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5. Rick's Call
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6. Not Without You
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7. Touraco
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8. Ginger Snap
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9. Emerald
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10. Triona's Waltz
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Album Notes
This is violinist Eddie Parente's debut recording as a composer, arranger and bandleader accompanied by some of Portland's finest and most respected musicians which include, Jof Lee-piano, Phil Baker- bass, Carlton Jackson-drums, Caton Lyles- congas & percussion, Tim Jensen-flute & alto saxophone, David Evans- tenor saxophone, Dick Titterington-trumpet & flugelhorn, and Stan Bock-trombone. The 10 original compositions range from Latin, Straight ahead Jazz, Bebop, Samba, and a 5/4 "waltz".

Originally from Jersey City New Jersey, Eddie has lived in Boston Massachusetts where he played in a Mexican Mariachi Band, while studying Classical Indian Music with Tabla master Shashi Nayak, attending Irish Traditional Music sessions, and playing in an International folk dance band.
Since moving to the Portland area he continues to play and record with a wide variety of musical groups, covering many styles. Some of his past and present associations include Portland State University Symphony Orchestra where he studied Violin with Artist in Residence Carol Sindell, Cascade Symphony Orchestra as Principal Violinist, Everything's Jake Swing band with 2 CDs of Original music, "Cul An Ti" (Celtic), Raven, a Celtic music group with 2 CDs of traditional and contemporary original music, the "Trail Band" best described as an 8 piece folk orchestra with 5 CDs out, produced by Marv Ross (Quarterflash); The "Full House" Country band, David Valdez's "Septeto Latino", to name a few. However, Jazz has always been his primary focus. He sites Saxophonist, composer and arranger Clif Waits, with whom he studied at Portland Community College as his primary mentor. Parente has also studied and played with pianist / composer Gordon Lee of the Mel Brown Quintet, Darren Clendenin, Saxophonist / Arranger Bob Newman and Bassist / Violinist Rob Thomas. Skip's main influences: jazz violinists - Rob Thomas, Stuff Smith, Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Johnny Frigo and Svend Asmussen. But it was over 20 years ago, upon hearing trumpeter Donald Byrd for the first time, the composition "Ghana", from the "Byrd in Flight" Blue Note recording, that the true beauty and awesome force of Jazz irreversibly changed his life.
Eddie frequently travels to Russia, where he has performed in Krasnoyarsk (Siberia), and most recently, St. Petersburg and Moscow, performing his original music and collaborating with Saxophonist Oleg Kireyev and Guitarist Alexander Vinitsky. He has played 2 years in a row at Kaluga Jazz Festival (200km from Moscow), also several performances throughout the St. Petersburg International Jazz Festival. He has toured in many cites in Western Russia, playing in Philharmonic Halls in Beliki -Novgorod, Kazan, Ufa, Samara. He received continued Classical Violin training with Master violinist Tatyana Razomoava (Nevsky Quartet) in St. Petersburg during his visits. Eddie has performed at the well known St. Petersburg Jazz club "JFC", smaller intimate clubs like "Sunduk", "Mukha", as well as the Grand Hotel Europe (St. Petersburg) and the Hotel Metropol in Moscow with pianist Nikita Bratus.

Commenting on his recent travels Eddie states "Making friends is more important than anything but if you can make music with your friends, it is that much better!"



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An excellent latin Jazz for everyone !
I recently discovered Eddie Parente's CD "Touranco" and what a good surprise it was : it reminds me of Stéphane Grapelli greatest classics and style and I can tell you it sounds pretty good. All the band is playing real fine and you don't want the music to stop as it relaxes your mind so well and makes you wanna dance ! Eddie, keep on making music for all of us ! All the best, Olivier from Dijon, France

carlton jackson

A pleasure, indeed!!!
As one of the players (drumset) on this project, experience has shown me that one is not always moved to write about the output of a particular session. This session will be the exception to the rule, because of the beautifully interactive nature of things Internet-ian (?)

I have seen the reviews here at the site, and I was moved to tell you that the sessions, as well as the rehearsals were fun and breezy. Eddie's compositons, as well as the arrangements of David Evans and Stan Bock were a complete joy to play. The guys were a treat to hear take after take, and a shout out to my rhythm partner, Caton Lyles, for making the rhythm suit tailored to fit beautifully.

That, hopefully is indicative of the output you possibly hold in your hand.

The music has soul and feeling and the flavor of the masters that influence it. Just close your eyes and think of your favorite Gypsy Jazz, by way of the Afro-Cuban stream, and S. Grappelli is smiling all the way down the road while listening and shaking Eddie's hand.

He deserves your ears and you, in turn will be dutifully rewarded with the feeling music of Eddie Parente.

Carol Maureen DeHart

Love the upbeat, swinging jazz of Eddie Parente's Touraco.
Eddie! Love your CD, Touraco! I've been listening to it at the Dayton Virginia's Farmer's Market where I work and the customer's are asking, who does this great CD? And then they request copies! I'm having lots of fun listening to it and giving copies to friends and the regional library. A million thanks and Best Wishes! Carol Maureen DeHart

Anne Marie Quinn

This CD is bound to be a classic!
This CD keeps getting better every time I listen. The music is innovative, many layered and evocative. Eddie's love of the violin and the genre comes through strong on this recording. It's listening pleasure in it's purest form. Buy it for yourself and for your friends. It's the best gift you could give.