Jerry Granelli V16: Vancouver '08 (2009)
The music alternates between the hypnotic ("Planting" and "Flipper") and the aggressive ("The Truth" and "Unnamed"), belying a searching, Buddhistic wave of expression Granelli says haunts all of his music. Of the guitarists, Kogel's work is the most traditional in nature, laying down grimy rhythm or coursing rather clean, melodic lines. In contrast, as alluded to above, Tonzo likes to load on the eccentric effects. J. Anthony Granelli's bass, far from simply plucking away in the background, hums with an electric sweep or steps up to carry the melody itself.
The jarring "Unnamed" is one of the few tunes in which Granelli's drums take a central role. And the diversity of his playing on the trackboth rhythmically and in terms of percussive colorshows why he is considered to be one of the foremost drummers on the scene today. Still, this is a guitar-lover's record, with drummer Granelli slyly pulling the warped and buzzing strings.
Track Listing: Planting; The Truth; Flipper; Brutto ma Buono; Wellfare; Udon Waltz; Unnamed; Steel Eyed Blues; Murder Ballad; Dizzy Moods; Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans.
Personnel: David Tronzo: electric slide guitar; Christian Kogel: electric guitar; J. Anthony Granelli, electric bass; Jerry Granelli, drums.
Record Label: Songlines Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz