Enric Peidro English Bio
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.
In the later years, he works mainly as a leader with his two main units, a quartet consisting on him plus a rhythm section and a six piece band (often augmented to 7 or 8 pieces) wich under the name of Enric Peidro Swingtet has become increasingly popular in the Jazz scene in Spain, touring quite a lot and delivering some swingin' jazz to the audiences everywhere. As a leader he has recorded 12 Cds under his own name with several different units and as a sideman his recorded work goes up to 30 Cds at last count..
Beside his projects as a leader, he loves to play in other bands either as a sideman or co-leading units with other musicians. Currently he co-leads a quintet with intertational sax player and entertainer Ray Gelato. Together they have recently recorded an album wich will be released in late Feb 2019. Also, he has recorded and frecuently tours with world class trombone player Dan Barrett.
With his own units, Peidro has backed a lot of internatonal singers on tour over Spain like Diane Witherspoon.Sylvia Howard and many others and frecuently his "Swigntet" invites international musicians to join the band on tour, like for example guitar player Glenn Crytzer who will join the Enric Peidro Swingtet on a tour in Jan-Feb 2019