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by John Pedersen

"As good as Paradise was, GROOVIDI is better. From the compositions to the engineering/production, and, of course, the playing by all concerned, the CD is engaging and infectious. Bill Binkelman-Music Reviewer & Critic (2007)
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's Good
3:39 album only
2. La Playa de Amor
4:30 album only
3. Groovidi
6:55 album only
4. Touch of Blue
4:41 album only
5. A Hot Case of Chill
4:12 album only
6. Monterey Getaway
4:52 album only
7. Critter Caprice
3:04 album only
8. First Anniversary
4:41 album only
9. Do You Mean To Tell Me?
5:03 album only
10. Afterthoughts
4:53 album only


Album Notes
Keyboardist John Pedersen's fifth CD, "Groovidi", has arrived! On this smooth jazz masterpiece, infectious melodies are weaved into a soundscape of hypnotic grooves and funky beats. In addition to John's considerable skills, this album showcases the sax and flute skills of Adrienne Nims, the tastful guitar stylings of Andy Machin and the rock solid drum talents of Jeff Winckler. Radio stations, from coast to coast, have been adding songs from this album to their playlists and sales are increasing. Although the album is a solid smooth jazz release, the title track, "Groovidi", is also getting airplay on a number of chill-out-lounge specialty shows.

Things get started with "It's Good", an uptempo smooth jazz tune with great keyboard, sax and guitar work. The romantic "La Playa de Amor" follows and, along with Andy Machin's sensuous flamenco guitar, Adrienne Nims provides some very haunting flute work. The title track, "Groovidi", is next and features some cool interplay between Andy and John over the anchor of a acid jazz drum loop. This tune captures the groove of the "chill out lounge" genre that is currently permeating the jazz scene. "Touch of Blue" features Adrienne on sax and brings to mind the work of other great sax players like Dave Koz, Boney James and Paul Taylor. "A Hot Case of Chill" is John's tribute to Stevie Wonder complete with Stevie's trademark clavinet sound. Add some flute, synth horns and a red hot rhythm section, and the track just takes off! The next tune, "Monterey Getaway", slows things down a bit and is an enjoyable solo piano piece. "Critter Caprice" was inspired by a pesky raccoon that harrassed John and Sherri Pedersen during a camping trip last summer. The "critter" kept trying to get into their food, and it wasn't until the raccoon ate several Advils that he finally exited the campsite and, presumably, fell asleep. The song features Adrienne's flute work, John's piano and swinging drums by Jeff Winckler. Another piano instrumental, "First Anniversary", follows with a hauntingly beautiful melody. "Do You Mean To Tell Me?" offers a return to a strong and funky beat with horns, guitar, organ and electric piano. The album ends with yet another piano instrumental entitled, "Afterthoughts". This medley includes several song snippets that John had been working on as well as a piano version of his tune, "New Horizons" from his "When Sun Broke Through" album. On October 20, 2009, an animated video set to AFTERTHOUGHTS was a 3rd place winner at the annual SWAN LAKE: MOVING IMAGE & MUSIC AWARDS in Germany. Also, that song appears on a piano music compilation entitled, "Acoustic Visions".

During the Spring and Summer of 2007, "Groovidi" received generous radio airplay on 38 stations. During 2008, another 15 stations and podcasts began featuring tunes from this album. In early 2009, several more stations added songs from this release onto their playlists, including "Smooth Jazz 905" in Sydney, Australia. By early summer, Mark Stanley of "Sound Traxx", Lady J of "Hot Clicks" and Ted Hasuik (from "CAFE JAZZ") have all been playing tracks from this album. Even today, the album remains quite popular especially on Spotify. In August 2018, the album was added to Pandora with an enthusiastic reception. There have been several positive reviews and sales on Amazon, CDBaby and iTunes have been excellent.

John performed a concert at the Hot Java Cafe (San Diego area) on September 15th, 2007 and exposed his music to a number of new fans. Just prior to this, the North County Times entertainment reporter, Jim Trageser, did a great newspaper write-up on John (see the link to the left). In 2008, John performed at Borders (San Diego area) and won over more listeners.

This recording features crystal clear engineering work from Andy Machin and was recorded at Andy's Big Rock Studios. The songs flow into each other in a most cohesive manner. All in all, this is a very satisfying album to listen to, and is definitely John Pedersen's best recording to date.

John used a Baldwin acoustic grand piano during the recording of "Groovidi". To compliment the piano, a Korg Triton and the various synth modules available on Apple's Logic Pro 7 were used.



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Great CD
I'm glad I had the pleasure to check out your latest CD Groovidi. It's a great mix of smooth jazz and cool classical piano pieces. My favorites are Groovidi (Very Smooth), La Playa de Amor with its cool Spanish flair, and all the solo piano pieces although all the tracks are very kool. Piano is one of my favorite instruments. David Benoit, John Tesh, and Tom Howard are some names that come to mind when I think of this project. I can hear all the influences from various genres from classical smooth jazz, blues, rock, and in between. The musicianship on this CD is seasoned. Whoever did that lead guitar solo on “Do You Mean to Tell Me” is hot. That reminded me of my favorite guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. Great solo! Groovidi has great presentation and is mixed/mastered very well. I have no doubt this CD will be successful.

Thanks again and much success.

- William
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A celebration of the good life!
This San Diego keyboardist has had a very interesting progression into a musical career. After an early foray into professional musicianship, playing with his first band beginning at the age of 15, his calling was sidetracked by what some would call a “real world” job as a lab technician. While most of us might consider being laid off from their employment a negative experience, John Pedersen used the opportunity to revisit his passion. Five recordings later, we arrive at GROOVIDI, an album that in the artist's own words is, “A celebration of the good life inspired by walks on the beach, Jazz concerts in the summer, good food and wine, and most of all, the joys of being happily married.” We should all be so blissfully laid off! GROOVIDI opens with the spirited and aptly titled “It’s Good.” You just can’t help tapping your toes and bidding any sorrow farewell as the spirited melody engulfs you. The spellbinding title track impeccably infuses Smooth Jazz, chill and funk. Featuring Adrienne Nims on sax, “Touch Of Blue” is evocatively enigmatic while the witty “Critter Caprice” is sure to bring pure pleasure and a sense of fun. John seems to be embracing all the good things that life is offering him, and with GROOVIDI he passes that wonder and exhilaration on to his listeners. Enjoy! ~BETH LEWIS

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Excellent smooth jazz CD. Pick up a copy today!
The CD "Groovidi" by John Pedersen is an impressive smooth jazz CD. The instrumentation and production are tasteful and the melodies are memorable. Especially impressive, is John's excellent piano and keyboard work, and the excellent musicianship throughout the CD. The CD has a very professional sound. "Montery Getaway" is one of our favorite tracks. It demonstrates the versatility of John's piano skills. The compositon is very soothing and breathtaking all at the same time. It has a Bob Baldwin kind of feel to it. The reverb from the piano jumps out at you and almost makes you feel like you're right in the room with him. Please go out and purchase this CD. We recommend it to anyone who appreciates smooth melodies and stylish beats.