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Pete Levin

Born: December 20, 1942    Primary Instrument: Keyboard

Pete Levin

In a diverse music career spanning several decades, keyboardist/arranger Pete Levin has performed and recorded with hundreds of Jazz and Pop artists - including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Robbie Robertson and John Scofield - receiving critical accolades for his work during a 15 year association with the legendary Gil Evans, and his 8 year stint with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre. Says Levin,

“What I got from Gil was the unshakable notion that playing music was to create from a place where there are no boundaries. If it can be imagined then it can be done.”...
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Downbeat Magazine
Deacon Blues, Pete Levin
May 2007
by Ken Micallef

The New York artist has a serious keyboard resume (playing with the likes of John Scofield, Miles Davis and Gil Evans), so you'd expect him to lay down some real grease and gravy on Deacon Blues, his first album to embrace the Hammond B-3. Levin and company play it cool for much of the album, but when the group catches fire, as on “Dragonfly” and “Uptown,” Deacon Blues glows with purpose.

All About Jazz
Certified Organic
Pete Levin / Pete Levin Music 2008
By John Kelman
August 2008

Keyboardist Pete Levin has built a fine discography, closely linked to the jazz world, but it's his recent solo work that's most worth visiting. On “Certified Organic” Levin recruits a large cast of characters for an album high on groove but broad in reach, with elements of swing, soul-jazz, funk, fusion and more.

Levin's own multifaceted nature drives the record, starting from the get-go with his funkified “I'm Falling,” where guitarist John Carridi's chunky rhythm playing locks hand-in-glove with drummer Harvey Sorgen's in-the-pocket groove. Levin solos with the organ-equivalent of Scofield's uncanny ability to take things out just enough to create a palpable release when he brings it back in, while Carridi's overdriven solo is bop-inflected but blues-centric.

While grabbing several compositional credits, Levin also finds new approaches to popular tunes. But it's Levin's arrangement of Jaco Pastorius' often-covered “Teen Town” that's Certified Organic's biggest surprise. Usually a bass workout, this time the knotty but singable theme isn't its primary focus; it's a steadily-building trade-off between Levin and saxophonist Erik Lawrence. Demonstrating undeniably fine skills as composer, arranger and performer whose reach goes well beyond Certified Organic's groove-happy veneer, it's an album that easily places Levin in the same company as Larry Goldings, Gary Versace and Dan Wall.

2008 CERTIFIED ORGANIC (Pete Levin Music PLM008) 2007 DEACON BLUES (Motema) 2006 ICARUS (Pete Levin Music PLM006) 2004 GOP PARTY MONSTERS w. Wayne Lammers 2004 (Para 2001) 2002 RHYTHM OF THE SPIRIT (Alternate Mode JP10047) 2001 MEDITATIONS w. Ali Ryerson (Alternate Mode JP10038) 2001 MASTERS IN THIS HALL 2001 (Pete Levin Music PLM2001) 2000 CRYSTALS (Alternate Mode JP10033) 1998 HARMONY (Alternate Mode JP10015) 1996 MUSIC FOR THE DYBBUK (Pete Levin Music PLM170) 1991 A SOLITARY MAN (Gramavision R2-79457) 1990 MASTERS IN THIS HALL: (Gramavision R2-79426) 1990 PARTY IN THE BASEMENT (Gramavision R2-79456) 1989 NEW AGE OF CHRISTMAS w. Danny Gottlieb (Atlantic) 1976 CLOSE TO YOU - THE CLAMS w. Tony Levin (CTI) 1972 SOME BEAUTIFUL DAY w. Bill Comeau (Avante Garde) 1973 GREAT GRIZZLY BEAR HUNT w. Bill Comeau (Poison Ring)

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