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Pete Mitchell Quartet - Quirky

Pete Mitchell Quartet - Quirky
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Styles range from groove oriented funky jazz, through haunting atmospheric, to easy listening modern jazz with often a comical quirky twist. A beautiful ballad with delicate improvisations, a crazy fast wild tune, some eastern influences, a samba and even a trick or two!


Track Listing
1. Big Kid  4:38  
2. The Prowler  4:49  
3. Flute Song  6:43  
4. Hey Groover!  4:48   
5. Subdued  4:26 
6. Song Without Words  7:07 
7. Running Rampant  4:23 
8. Egyptian Albino  8:27
9. Surgeon Hookey  6:02
10. Termination  5:04 
Click on above buttons to hear samples from select tracks

 

 More info and Reviews

 

Pete Mitchell was born 27th January 1978 in Melbourne Australia. He began learning piano at the age of six, taking up saxophone and guitar when he was ten. During his school years Pete took every opportunity he could to be involved in music, playing in orchestras, concert bands, soul bands and jazz big bands. He also performed on guitar in heavy metal and hard rock bands. The highpoint of this period was soloing on centre stage in big band at the Melbourne Concert Hall on Caulfield Grammar School speech night. Outside school Pete was actively involved with the “Melbourne Youth Music Council” attending music camps and performing with the “John Antill Youth Band” as part of the “Saturday Music School” program.

Peter completed a diploma in jazz performance in 1997 having passed VCE Musicraft on guitar in 1995. The diploma course mainly covered improvisation and featured work shops held by such jazz giants as Lee Konnitz (worked with Miles Davis and one stage), Don Burrows and James Morrison to name a few. Whilst attending NMIT Pete co-formed “Take Four”, a sax lead jazz / funk quartet which played over a hundred gigs in a year and was a huge success at the 1997 Merimbula Jazz Festival.

 In late 2002 a CD of Pete’s original funky and modern jazz compositions was released through Move Records. “Quirky” by the Pete Mitchell Quartet  was well received and gained positive reviews (even one from New York USA) and airplay. (Recording the CD provided opportunity to work with NMIT music educators Jack Pantazis and Michael Rochford, and most importantly the great world class drummer David Jones.) One copy found it’s way to Australian Jazz giant Don Burrows who had these very encouraging words to say. “I love it and I think you are a beautiful player. They’re great sounds you make on every horn. I love the sound of the Baritone. The compositions are interesting, everything about it is really good. I think you’ve got a hell of a future ahead of you. So congratulations! Well played mate!”

 “Flute Song” off the CD was nominated as a Musicoz top 5 finalist (jazz category) in 2003. (Musicoz is a competition open to any independent recording artist, musician or band throughout Australia.) As a result the tune was used in the soundtrack of issue 1 Digital Snowboard Magazine DVD. (10,000 copies sold throughout Australia and New Zealand.) The same tune was also nominated again as a jazz finalist for Musicoz 2004, as well as another composition “Running Rampant” in the instrumental category. Recently Pete’s various duos, trios and quartets have played at many corporate, private and public events around town. Some of which have included an appearance at the 2004 Caulfield Cup featuring a brief interview on Channel 9 News, a performance for UBS at the 2004 Melbourne Grand Prix, The Saints Foundation Dinner (St.Kilda Football club). Guests included Lindsay Fox and Molly Meldrum and a short performance by Marina Prior. The Grand Opening of the Lexus Centre. (Collingwood Football club training centre.) Hosted by Eddie McGuire with guests including Steve Bracks and past and present football players. A concert of Mitchell’s original work at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. (Pete also plays with various other bands on saxophone and guitar as required.) Pete has played on a number of occasions with “Bomba”. (Nicky Bomba’s funky reggae outfit)

 The band just completed a short tour including performances to thousands of people at Coffs Harbour NSW, Woodford Folk Festival QLD and East Coast Blues and Roots Festival Byron Bay NSW and over the last three years Pete has occupied the baritone sax chair in the house big band at Dizzy’s Jazz Bar on Wednesday nights. A major highlight of Pete’s career so far was spending time and attending a private lesson with one of his all time jazz heroes, Branford Marsalis. More recently he was fortunate enough to jam and perform with members of the Cuban group “Buena Vista Social Club” on their most recent visit to Melbourne.  


 

 "“a sense of fun…carries through on all the numbers, even as the instrumentation changes,…Pete Mitchell has developed his own style, one based on audience involvement, technical mastery and personal musical statements.”

Bill Donaldson, (Cadence Magazine, New York USA)


 

 “I love the CD ‘Quirky’! We are still adding channels and we will have a jazz channel soon. You will be going on there! I love your stuff. Nice job. Thank you!”

 Geoff Byrd, (Program Director/Auricast Radio, Portland USA)


 

  “I love it and I think you are a beautiful player. They’re great sounds you make on every horn…The compositions are interesting, everything about it is really good…I think you have a hell of a future ahead of you!”

 Don Burrows


 

 “an impressive debut … Pete is clearly a talented composer … has a great baritone sound … a fine CD … which very effectively demonstrates his substantial playing, writing and arranging skills.”

 Simon Moodie, (Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine)


 

   “If you enjoy that wonderful, funky, soulful feeling in your music, well you’ll want to have a copy of his new CD called ‘Quirky’.The ‘Pete Mitchell Quartet’, ‘Quirky’, and you can pick that CD up at any of the really good shops around town.”

Steve Robertson, 3 PBS 106.7FM (Jazz On Saturday) during live to air performance.


 

  “a gutsy and funky debut album … a refreshing 10 track collection of original works … Great energy!”

 Debra Lea Morrice, (JazzEnews.com)


 

  “The music on ‘Quirky’ is varied – there’s funky stuff, a tune where Pete plays two saxes at once, and a host of originals. The melodies and improvisation are often witty and just plain fun. The album is easy to listen to, and accessible to people who aren’t necessarily heavily into jazz.”

 Peter Hayden, (Musicians Union, Melbourne)


 

 “He has a very, very nice big sound!”

Mark Freeman, 3PBS 106.7 FM (Grits n’ Gravy show)


 

 “a very good band doing very good things…”

Roy Johnston, 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Bitches Brew)


 

   “great music to bonk to”

 Justine Jones, 3 PBS 106.7 FM


 

   “brilliant!”…Martin Lesley, 3MBS 103.5 FM (Jazz Rivers show)

 “A great CD!” Owen McKern, 3RRR 102.7 FM (Deliverence show)

 “A very very good CD” Roger Clark, (Dizzy’s Big Band leader)


 

   “A tight debut album.” “An interesting, well played and produced CD. Comprehensive sleeve notes give the background to the compositions which adds to their overall enjoyment.”

 Don Brow, (Melbourne Jazz Scene Magazine)


 

   “A debut album by the Pete Mitchell Quartet boasts a diverse range of jazz numbers, many with comical deviations that will amuse listeners.” “Jazz with a twist to tickle senses”

 Monash Journal Newspaper


 

 Also has had airplay on the following shows : Jazz Perspectives ABC 105.9 FM (Jim McCloud) Jazz on Saturday 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Steve Robertson) Bitches Brew 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Len Davis, Roy Johnston, Simon Bonney) Jazz & Blues Review 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Neil Stoneman) Something Else Show 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Rohan Parkes) played 2 tracks. Fiesta Jazz 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Saul Zavarce) Stick It In Your Earhole 3 PBS 106.7 FM (John Idem) New & Groovy 3RRR 102.7 FM (Johnny Topper) The Village 3RRR 102.7 FM (Jessica Nicholas) The Evening Show ABC 774 AM Performed 3 Tracks live to air and interview (Derek Guille, Jeremy Lee) 


 

 

 You can e-mail Pete at petethejazzer@yahoo.com 


 

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Styles range from groove oriented funky jazz, through haunting atmospheric, to easy listening modern jazz with often a comical quirky twist. A beautiful ballad with delicate improvisations, a crazy fast wild tune, some eastern influences, a samba and even a trick or two!


Track Listing
1. Big Kid  4:38  
2. The Prowler  4:49  
3. Flute Song  6:43  
4. Hey Groover!  4:48   
5. Subdued  4:26 
6. Song Without Words  7:07 
7. Running Rampant  4:23 
8. Egyptian Albino  8:27
9. Surgeon Hookey  6:02
10. Termination  5:04 
Click on above buttons to hear samples from select tracks

 

 More info and Reviews

 

Pete Mitchell was born 27th January 1978 in Melbourne Australia. He began learning piano at the age of six, taking up saxophone and guitar when he was ten. During his school years Pete took every opportunity he could to be involved in music, playing in orchestras, concert bands, soul bands and jazz big bands. He also performed on guitar in heavy metal and hard rock bands. The highpoint of this period was soloing on centre stage in big band at the Melbourne Concert Hall on Caulfield Grammar School speech night. Outside school Pete was actively involved with the “Melbourne Youth Music Council” attending music camps and performing with the “John Antill Youth Band” as part of the “Saturday Music School” program.

Peter completed a diploma in jazz performance in 1997 having passed VCE Musicraft on guitar in 1995. The diploma course mainly covered improvisation and featured work shops held by such jazz giants as Lee Konnitz (worked with Miles Davis and one stage), Don Burrows and James Morrison to name a few. Whilst attending NMIT Pete co-formed “Take Four”, a sax lead jazz / funk quartet which played over a hundred gigs in a year and was a huge success at the 1997 Merimbula Jazz Festival.

 In late 2002 a CD of Pete’s original funky and modern jazz compositions was released through Move Records. “Quirky” by the Pete Mitchell Quartet  was well received and gained positive reviews (even one from New York USA) and airplay. (Recording the CD provided opportunity to work with NMIT music educators Jack Pantazis and Michael Rochford, and most importantly the great world class drummer David Jones.) One copy found it’s way to Australian Jazz giant Don Burrows who had these very encouraging words to say. “I love it and I think you are a beautiful player. They’re great sounds you make on every horn. I love the sound of the Baritone. The compositions are interesting, everything about it is really good. I think you’ve got a hell of a future ahead of you. So congratulations! Well played mate!”

 “Flute Song” off the CD was nominated as a Musicoz top 5 finalist (jazz category) in 2003. (Musicoz is a competition open to any independent recording artist, musician or band throughout Australia.) As a result the tune was used in the soundtrack of issue 1 Digital Snowboard Magazine DVD. (10,000 copies sold throughout Australia and New Zealand.) The same tune was also nominated again as a jazz finalist for Musicoz 2004, as well as another composition “Running Rampant” in the instrumental category. Recently Pete’s various duos, trios and quartets have played at many corporate, private and public events around town. Some of which have included an appearance at the 2004 Caulfield Cup featuring a brief interview on Channel 9 News, a performance for UBS at the 2004 Melbourne Grand Prix, The Saints Foundation Dinner (St.Kilda Football club). Guests included Lindsay Fox and Molly Meldrum and a short performance by Marina Prior. The Grand Opening of the Lexus Centre. (Collingwood Football club training centre.) Hosted by Eddie McGuire with guests including Steve Bracks and past and present football players. A concert of Mitchell’s original work at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. (Pete also plays with various other bands on saxophone and guitar as required.) Pete has played on a number of occasions with “Bomba”. (Nicky Bomba’s funky reggae outfit)

 The band just completed a short tour including performances to thousands of people at Coffs Harbour NSW, Woodford Folk Festival QLD and East Coast Blues and Roots Festival Byron Bay NSW and over the last three years Pete has occupied the baritone sax chair in the house big band at Dizzy’s Jazz Bar on Wednesday nights. A major highlight of Pete’s career so far was spending time and attending a private lesson with one of his all time jazz heroes, Branford Marsalis. More recently he was fortunate enough to jam and perform with members of the Cuban group “Buena Vista Social Club” on their most recent visit to Melbourne.  


 

 "“a sense of fun…carries through on all the numbers, even as the instrumentation changes,…Pete Mitchell has developed his own style, one based on audience involvement, technical mastery and personal musical statements.”

Bill Donaldson, (Cadence Magazine, New York USA)


 

 “I love the CD ‘Quirky’! We are still adding channels and we will have a jazz channel soon. You will be going on there! I love your stuff. Nice job. Thank you!”

 Geoff Byrd, (Program Director/Auricast Radio, Portland USA)


 

  “I love it and I think you are a beautiful player. They’re great sounds you make on every horn…The compositions are interesting, everything about it is really good…I think you have a hell of a future ahead of you!”

 Don Burrows


 

 “an impressive debut … Pete is clearly a talented composer … has a great baritone sound … a fine CD … which very effectively demonstrates his substantial playing, writing and arranging skills.”

 Simon Moodie, (Australian Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine)


 

   “If you enjoy that wonderful, funky, soulful feeling in your music, well you’ll want to have a copy of his new CD called ‘Quirky’.The ‘Pete Mitchell Quartet’, ‘Quirky’, and you can pick that CD up at any of the really good shops around town.”

Steve Robertson, 3 PBS 106.7FM (Jazz On Saturday) during live to air performance.


 

  “a gutsy and funky debut album … a refreshing 10 track collection of original works … Great energy!”

 Debra Lea Morrice, (JazzEnews.com)


 

  “The music on ‘Quirky’ is varied – there’s funky stuff, a tune where Pete plays two saxes at once, and a host of originals. The melodies and improvisation are often witty and just plain fun. The album is easy to listen to, and accessible to people who aren’t necessarily heavily into jazz.”

 Peter Hayden, (Musicians Union, Melbourne)


 

 “He has a very, very nice big sound!”

Mark Freeman, 3PBS 106.7 FM (Grits n’ Gravy show)


 

 “a very good band doing very good things…”

Roy Johnston, 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Bitches Brew)


 

   “great music to bonk to”

 Justine Jones, 3 PBS 106.7 FM


 

   “brilliant!”…Martin Lesley, 3MBS 103.5 FM (Jazz Rivers show)

 “A great CD!” Owen McKern, 3RRR 102.7 FM (Deliverence show)

 “A very very good CD” Roger Clark, (Dizzy’s Big Band leader)


 

   “A tight debut album.” “An interesting, well played and produced CD. Comprehensive sleeve notes give the background to the compositions which adds to their overall enjoyment.”

 Don Brow, (Melbourne Jazz Scene Magazine)


 

   “A debut album by the Pete Mitchell Quartet boasts a diverse range of jazz numbers, many with comical deviations that will amuse listeners.” “Jazz with a twist to tickle senses”

 Monash Journal Newspaper


 

 Also has had airplay on the following shows : Jazz Perspectives ABC 105.9 FM (Jim McCloud) Jazz on Saturday 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Steve Robertson) Bitches Brew 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Len Davis, Roy Johnston, Simon Bonney) Jazz & Blues Review 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Neil Stoneman) Something Else Show 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Rohan Parkes) played 2 tracks. Fiesta Jazz 3 PBS 106.7 FM (Saul Zavarce) Stick It In Your Earhole 3 PBS 106.7 FM (John Idem) New & Groovy 3RRR 102.7 FM (Johnny Topper) The Village 3RRR 102.7 FM (Jessica Nicholas) The Evening Show ABC 774 AM Performed 3 Tracks live to air and interview (Derek Guille, Jeremy Lee) 


 

 

 You can e-mail Pete at petethejazzer@yahoo.com 


 

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