David Occhipinti
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"Intersection Review - Planet Jazz"

Guitarist David Occhipinti, with his new release, Intersection, continues to develop his own unique language. There are some parallels between Occhipinti and American guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Both come from the Jim Hall school via more contemporary artists, including Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, and have a warm and slightly dark sound. However, whereas Rosenwinkel has enhanced his angular style, embracing modernity through the use of loops, samples and drum programs, Occhipinti maintains an earthier ambience, creating his own contemporary approach through oblique, elliptical melodies and irregular, metered pieces that somehow manage to flow effortlessly.

Back with Occhipinti is saxophonist Mike Murley, last seen together displaying a remarkable chemistry on Duologue. If anything, their empathy continues to grow and this time, with a more traditional quartet line-up, there is a more overt energy. On the uptempo "Parma Parma," Occhipinti uses repetitive patterns, while Murley creates cascading lines to build intensity. Upping the ante is drummer Terry Clarke who contributes a powerful solo, demonstrating a veteran player still forward-thinking and forward-reaching.

Alongside the more fiery tracks are the folk-informed "Stella," the 6/8 swinger "Homeless (Part II)," the Mediterranean-flavored "Dolce Vita," and the 12-tone solo, "Dodecagon." Throughout, bassist Andrew Downing provides supple support, working hand-in-glove with Clarke.

With an exploratory compositional and playing style that incorporates influences from a variety of sources, David Occhipinti has delivered his strongest effort to date. Intersection positions him as one of Canada’s finest young composers and performers, and bodes well for the future.

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as a leader: David Occhipinti (1997) and Syzygy (1999) and Intersection (2003) and Forty Revolutions (2007).
duo CD’s with Mike Murley: Duologue (2002), and Duologue Vol. 2 (2005)



Short Bio:

Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti has four CD’s featuring his own compositions: David Occhipinti (1997) and Syzygy (1999) and Intersection (2003) and Forty Revolutions (2007). David has two duo CD’s with Mike Murley, Duologue (2002), and Duologue Vol. 2 (2005). Their first CD was nominated for a Juno Award. David is a prolific composer and has composed Four Pieces for String Quartet, which was performed by the Madawaska String Quartet. He has also composed the piece Purple Sky for the Arraymusic Ensemble. Both pieces were performed in May of 2006. David studied in New York with the legendary guitarist Jim Hall on and off from 1992-96. Aside from touring in Canada David often tours in Italy where he lived for a short time. He has also performed in the U.S. Europe and Japan. David’s development as an artist has been aided by the composition, recording and touring grants received from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.