In 1998 Previte turns his attention to a new orchestration: two guitars, Hammond organ, and drums. A self-proclaimed “return” to the music of his youth, the group, “Latin for Travelers” makes two recordings, both live, from the same concerts in Sydney, Australia, “My Man in Sydney” (1998) and “Dangerous Rip” (1999). A bar band that could “change on a half-step” (Downbeat), these to records feature inspired jamming from Jamie Saft, Jerome Harris and the French guitar wizard Marc Ducret.
“Like nothing I have ever heard before- if it’s a bar band, then there must be some wild bars where Previte comes from.” - Sydney Morning Herald
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In 1998 Previte turned his attention to a new orchestration: two guitars, Hammond organ, and drums. A self-proclaimed “return” to the music of his youth, the group, “Latin for Travelers” makes two recordings, both live, from the same concerts in Sydney, Australia, “My Man in Sydney” (1998) and “Dangerous Rip” (1999). A bar band that could “change on a half-step” (Downbeat), these two records feature inspired playing from Jamie Saft, Jerome Harris french guitar wizard Marc Ducret.
Sydney Morning Herald— “Like nothing I have ever heard before - if it’s a bar band, then there must be some wild bars where Previte comes from.”
released May 1, 1997
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Latin for Travelers is a return to some of my earliest experiences in music, and to the instruments I was surrounded by then. The Drums, the Hammond Organ, and above all the Electric Guitar. Whether you think it's the instrument of the devil, of the gods, or merely of too many someones in between, the guitar has become the preeminent music making device of our century and hence must be confronted. And so my on again-off again affair with it continues with this, a sort of bar band. The kind of band I've stood up with in just about every situation you can imagine: from the Palace Burlesque house in Buffalo, New York to Gloria's Corral Club (yes, there was a corral around the stage), deep in Kentucky. From providing the soundtrack while the local motorcycle gang broke up the bar (we were terrified but the bass player correctly exhorted us to keep on playing -- I remember we were in the middle of "Sympathy for the Devil" at the time) to the gig where we had to play the same tune 20 times in a row (they thought we were a "slow dancing" band -- it was our only ballad), to the guy who (as we were dragging the pool table(!) out of the way for the first time in the bar's 30 year history, stopping him in mid-game) ever so matter-of-factly asked me, as he was picking at his teeth with a knife, "Are you guys any good?... 'Cause if you guys ain't any good... well, Johnny's gonna kill ya." ("Johnny" showed up later, dressed in only a leather jacket and boxer shorts. I swear it.).
So this is for all my fellow travelers with whom I've slugged it out, four (or five) sets a night, in a joint somewhere in between somewheres else. And like any good traveling band we're a little cross-eyed and a little edgy, but no matter.
We're still gonna have one hell of a good time.
released September 18, 2017
Latin for Travelers
Jerome Harris :: electric guitar, electric bass, voice
Stewart Cutler :: electric guitar
Jamie Saft :: organ, fender rhodes electric piano, mini moog, electric bass
Bobby Previte :: drums, voice
plus special guest Marc Ducret :: electric guitar (on "Surf Medley")
Recorded May 25, 1998 at Teatro Puccini, Merano, Italy
except "Surf Medley" Recorded January 22, 1997 at "The Basement" Sydney, Australia by Chris Vine and mixed by Elliott Sharp at Studio zOaR, NYC
"Rip"mastered by torn July 1, 2 1998, at the loop pool, Bearsville, NY
Produced Bobby Previte
All compositions by Bobby Previte
arranged by Bobby Previte
Photography by Frank Lindner
Underwater photography by Bobby Previte
Design by Janene Higgins
Originally released - 5/1/1998 - ENJA Records, ENJ 9324 2
This is a wonderful album! Dave Douglas is one of my heroes. He's more than a great musician. He has a vision for the music and a feeling for putting together a group which is unique. So, beside Joey Baron (another heavyweight and one of my absolute favourite drummers) he invited some young cats to this session. They play just great and make sure that this music sounds totally fresh, whilst at the same time being deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. Florian Arbenz