The Steve Grover Quartet with Brad Terry: Remember
In these compositions, Grover has chosen the path of exploring color and harmonies with expansive melodies, eschewing clunks, bangs, pops or electronic gimmicks which sometimes afflict modern day jazz recordings. The music and its playing is introspective and agreeable. Grover has created a musical book with each track a chapter and the instrumentalists a character in the book, all making their unique contributions to the plot as it unfolds and moves toward its denouement. Terry's clarinet plays the voice of reason, never losing his cool. Carlberg's piano stays restrained, but it can be more outgoing from time to time. Grover plays the understanding but firm leader. He sets the tone and direction for the musical story with well placed and well-timed accents on snare, trap or cymbal. To his credit, Grover does not take advantage as the leader of the group and the composer of the songs to engage in long winded, senseless drum solos. He waits until the last track, "Dreaming withThelonious", to do some extended drum work, neither loud nor intrusive, fitting in nicely with the overall civilized nature of the plot. Chris Ven Voorst Van Beest's bass pretty much stays with the task of helping to keep the beat. However, he gets a chance in the spotlight on "Remember".
Unlike other albums made up entirely of original material, the ideas embodied by the music on this CD never get stale. Remember keeps one's interest from first track to last and is recommended.
Track Listing: Beginning Again; Noble Accents; The Seventh String; Blues on the Bridge; Blues for Brad; Remember; Ballad for Les; Theresa Minor; Dreaming with Thelonious
Personnel: Steve Grover - Drums; Brad Terry - Clarinet; Frank Carlberg - Piano; Chris Ven Voorst Van Beest - Bass
Record Label: Invisible Music Records