I think that Bobby Previte is one of the most underrated among great jazz artists. Although his music seems to be so innovative as - for example - work of Gary Thomas, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby and other M-BASE'ers thus his mother label Gramavision refused to issue his last recording due to it's too experimenttal.
My first meeting with Bobby Previte's music was CD included in 1994's February issue of monthly magazine called "JAZZ a go-go". This CD contained one premiere cut of his EMPTY SUITS band called "Waltz". At this time I became his great fan despite of rarely avalaible CDs with his music in Poland.
was born in on 16th of July 1951 in Niagara Falls, NY, USA. Studied at the Buffalo University. In 1980 moved from Buffalo to New York. He's drummer and composer as well. Except jazz his intrests cover classical and film music (to Robert Altman's film "Shortcuts"). In 1990 he earned "talented musician" title in Annual Down Beat Critics Poll and in 1991 the title of "Hot Jazz Artist" of Rolling Stone magazine. His music cooperation is related to such artists as John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, Elliot Sharp and Mark Helias.
Bobby Previte leads himself two different groups - electric and more weird EMPTY SUITS (with such musicians like Robin Eubanks, Steve Gaboury, Wayne Horvitz and Jerome Harris) and acoustic WEATHER CLEAR, TRACK FAST (with Don Byron, Anthony Cox, and others).
Oddly enough the Empty Suits name was taken from a letter to one of newspapers which was written by a man voting for Republicans all his life. When Dan Quayle was to become the vice-president he voted for Democrats saying that he wouldn't let "Empty Suits" people to lead the country. "Empty Suits" - due to nice suits and emty minds. Bobby Previte refers it to the world of Jazz too.
Patrice Roussel maintains Bobby Previte Home Page at WNUR-FM so after You finish reading mine look at this location: www.nwu.edu/WNUR/jazz/artists/previte.bobby/
Although Bobby Previte's recordings as leader and compositor are few but the whole listing of the most of the projects he participated in is very long and impressive.
His work is so scattered that I have decided to devide it into a few groups.
Items listed below are arranged chronologicaly by the date of recording (or by the date of issue if recording date is unknown or multiple).
Most CDs` details are compiled by Patrice Roussel.
with Wayne Horvitz - Butch Morris - Bobby Previte trio
with Marty Ehrlich
with Wayne Horvitz/The President
with Guy Klucevsek
with Elliot Sharp/Carbon
with John Zorn
with other artists
Some critics' opinions:"This progressive/creative drummer and bandleader presents a most unique perspective in modern improvised music. Third World influences creep in, and he handles free music capably."
The biggest contributions and my appreciations for help in making this discography go to:
D.D. Robert Jackson (my good Internet friend - let me hope - who was so kind sending me citations and list of official Bobby Previte CDs as leader at the beginning of my work)
Joe Germuska firstname.lastname@example.org from WNUR Radio who responded with mail announcing his jazz Web server and Booby Previte Home Page at WNUR. SEE BELOW:
Patrice L. Roussel email@example.com (who did truely amazing job gathering all Bobby Previte work together and whos Home Page of Bobby Previte I discovered thru WNUR server a couple of weeks after I decided to make my own).
PLEASE NOTE: Patrice Roussel is the author of most CDs` details - my work was to put it together more hipertextically than he did at his Page. In fact we`re in touch and exchange informations. Also I`m planning to add some of Bobby Previte`s photos and CDs covers. Maybe I can manage to publish here an authorized interview with Bobby Previte from 1994.
and Polish monthly "JAZZ a go-go" magazine (which infected me with the Bobby Previte's music - refer to the beginning of the story, and for many useful informations taken from issue No.2/1994)
Piotr Marek, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org