David Pedrick

 

 David Pedrick, guitar |  Mike Bitts, bass  |  Aaron Walker, drums

 

"David Pedrick's 'Three' is a completely improvised recording featuring acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. Pedrick earned his Master's in Classical Guitar Performance from West Chester University and is a prominent educator, writer, and performer. His compositions have been featured on NPR and the BBC. Joining this multifaceted guitarist are Mike Bitts on double bass and Aaron Walker on percussion. This is perhaps one of the most accessible recordings of collective improvisations heard to date. The delicate and intuitive interplay between the three is extraordinary. The unrehearsed first take compositions are surprisingly coherent and cohesive. This is a true egalitarian trio with each member given equal opportunity to contribute to the improvised pieces. For example, Walker's fiery percussion is prominently featured on the Bo Diddley inspired "Four," while Bitts' fluid bass is showcased on "Two." Pedrick's acoustic is both precise and pristine and is an amalgamating presence throughout the session. "Three" is an excellent example of how collective improvisation can really work at creating music that is moving, adventurous, and accessible. This album is highly recommended." (Minor 7th)

" ...new sounds, different instrumentation and above all arrangements that push the cerebral boundaries of the more commonplace form and functionality of the improvised music we refer to as jazz. David Pedrick has this concept down cold. There are less than a half dozen of his contemporaries that are on a similar footing while pushing the melodic envelope of modern jazz. Far from your typical trio ensemble which normally consists of a front man and two after thoughts there is an amazing group dynamic with ambient textured harmonies and subtle nuances that give up something new with each spin of the disc. Bassist Mike Bitts and drummer Aaron Walker provide seamless communication and incredible finesse in complementing not only the performance of Pedrick but in allowing  a three dimensional soundscape of keen melodic interplay."   (Critical Jazz)
 
 “Inspiring...perfect for inquiring thinking.”  (All About Jazz)
                                
 “One thing that shines brightly on Three is the sense of sitting in some intimate club where you’re just feet from the stage, watching as these guys play and challenge one another and pull fresh directions out of the moment. The sound is clean and vibrant and the work doesn’t get bogged in the cacophony that can plague improv. Sit back and enjoy three musicians at play on Three.”   (Hypnogogue)


  “This CD captures lightning in a bottle... The music itself goes down smooth and fills the sonic space with what I would describe as peaceful tranquility with all the excitement of a live jazz performance. The musicianship, though extremely complex and dynamic, provides a lot of earthy variety. Make no bones about it - this band is rock solid. I was entertained the entire time. That’s not easy to pull off as a 3 piece – so it’s quite impressive that these cats can hold your attention quite well for over 45+ minutes.”    (Indie Music Digest)