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Giovanni Interview

On January 12, 1998 Steve Nigohosian, LP's Artist Relations Manager arranged to have Giovanni Hidalgo fly up to New York City to be interviewed at Robbie Ameen's apartment. Robbie was chosen to conduct the interview Robbie met Gio in 1983 while working with Dave Valentin in Puerto Rico.

Robbie likes to tell the story of their first meeting. Robbie showed Gio a pattern he had learned from a David Garibaldi article in Modern Drummer. It was something that Robbie had been practicing for months. The pattern is called Swiss Triplets. That evening as guest soloist with the Valentin band, Gio integrated this pattern into his solo, making it something uniquely Giovanni Hidalgo.