Born: February, 1971 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
A self taught musician,Peidro began playing tenor at the age of fourteen.A couple of years later he was playing on several blues and rhythm and blues bands. His interest in Jazz developed quickly and since then,Peidro has remained loyal to his musical heros: the big-toned tenors in Jazz,like Ben Webster,Don Byas or Gene Ammons and specially the Texas tenor school of Jacquet,Cobb,Tate,Johnson..etc Although his sound and phrasing are deeply rooted in the swing-era,his approach is so natural and genuine that he has achieved popularity as a real keeper of the flame among the classic jazz lovers all over Spain. Often reviewed as an outsider,a rara avis or an stylist swinmming agains the current by jazz critics who appreciate his honest,unpretentious approach and invariably point out the richness of his tenor sound.
Peidro, always a faithful follower of the big-toned tenors in jazz, demostrates at every gig that he knows fairly well how to produce a beutiful tone on the tenor sax delivered together with his natural ability to swing hard, and still keep sounding relaxed. (C.B news, dec 2009)
Peidro is all breath and heat, a beautiful sound, with an expansive character dominated by it’s swingin’ sound. The sparks fly between him and the veteran guitar placer Santiago Reyes and the group makes us think of collaborations like Al Cohn with Herb Ellis, Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski or Spike Robinson with Louis Stewart. There was a time, friends, in which jazz records were like that: all you needed was talent, no big excuses were needed, nor anniversaries, nor tributes to the recently deceased in order to organize a recording session, because what you had was something beautiful distilled from everyday life, more or less loyal to the era of the protagonist’s career. Today we have the contrary: first comes the record, then you have to invent the skin and bones of the artist as he goes from one stage to the next, hiding well is defects by surrounding himself with elaborate lighting effects and dancers. But Reyes y Peidro have nothing to hide. On the contrary, what they have is the desire to show it all, in the best sense of the expression. You and I come out of it with 55 minutes of pure enjoyment. (Jorge Garcia,Critico de Jazz Cuadernos de Jazz)
Born in Valencia in 1971, he has been attracted by the rich variety of textures that exemplify the great classical tenor sax players prior to Bop, such as Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Don Byas, Illinois Jacquet and the Texas school….as well as by a white lesterian “brother” like Al Cohn. And if his previous recording “Bluesants” (Snibor SNBR003), recorded in 2009 with the veteran guitarist Santiago Reyes, amply validated the route undertaken, now with “Nothin’ But Jazz” he takes another step towards that reaffirmation and establishes new signposts, with naturalness and simplicity, without impostures. It’s simply about jazz, nothing more and nothing less, with what that signifies. the valencian saxophonist and his colleagues have recovered the spirit of jazz, they made it their own and adapted it to their idiosyncrasy, then transmitted it with all its vitality and potentiality. Yes. It’s nothin' but jazz, that’s all; but genuine, with all its imperishable attractions. It only remains to enjoy and savour it adequately. Federico Garcia Herraiz (Jazz writer at El Pais, Cartelera Turia and Cuadernos de Jazz y co-writer of ‘Los Cien Mejores Discos de Jazz’, ‘Ellos y Ellas’ y la enciclopedia Salvat ‘Las Grandes Voces del Jazz’)
Tenor player Enric Peidro has stuck to swing jazz for his entire career, adopting a smooth Ben Webster approach to the tenor saxophone in this era of fire and noise that has gained him praise on jazz circles and among musicians and jazz lovers all over Spain. (The Post. January 2010)
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