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.
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