Ivo Perelman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

12 January 1961, São Paulo, Brazil. Although largely known for his playing of the tenor saxophone, Perelman also plays piano, clarinet, cello and recorder and is a trained classical guitar player. Perelman made an immediate impression with his 1989 debut Ivo, and his subsequent work has continued to justify his critical status as one of the most important and distinctive tenor saxophone voices of recent years. His vigorous performing style has brought comparisons with Albert Ayler, David Murray and, perhaps inevitably, Gato Barbieri. An air of invigorating fun surrounds some of Perelman’s music, especially when working with Latin-tinged material. Elsewhere, his enthusiasm seems at times to overwhelm his surroundings and it takes equally dominant musicians to contain him and, as a result, raise the standards of performances to sometimes breathtaking heights. Perelman has worked with players including, Matthew Shipp, Rashied Ali, Billy Hart, Airto...

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