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Phil Grenadier: Shimmer

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Boston, MA, based trumpeter Phil Grenadier is a highly regarded jazz artisan, performing and recording with famous crooners, rock bands and ingratiating his wares within numerous progressive jazz fronts. He's also taught at New York City's prestigious Mannes College of Music and for the most part, has enjoyed status as a go-to session ace amid a stockpile of impressive accomplishments. His leadership skills and consummate technical gifts shine radiantly on Shimmer. Indeed, the musicians must have had their biorhythms in alignment for this studio date. Grenadier steers the band through a rippling program with his articulate, thorny, ...

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Phil Grenadier Bruno Raberg Duo: Plunge

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The advent of new technologies has enabled musicians to interact in hitherto unheard-of ways. It's routine now to read about recordings that were assembled from sessions recorded by individual musicians in different studios, on different continents. Music composing software has changed the way musicians think about their compositions and opened up new possibilities for the performance and reproduction of music scores. Computer-based digital editing tools have permitted entirely new ways of assembling and rearranging music, eliminating the painstaking process of cutting and splicing tape. On Plunge, bassist/composer Bruno Raberg accesses some of these technologies to creatively alter ...

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Phil Grenadier / Bruno Raberg Duo: Plunge

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Maybe only a pirate radio station would be uninhibited enough to play duo improvisations such as these served up by trumpeter {Phil Grenadier and acoustic bassist Bruno Råberg. However, such mainstream disinterest should be considered a backhanded compliment and is perhaps reason enough to check it out. Plunge is an apt title for music inspired by the panoply of emotions suggested to Råberg by saxophonist Ornette Coleman's “Lonely Woman." This intimate dialogue explores extensive emotional terrain, with Råberg's sound design adding textures that bring a greater contemporary edge to the music. “Reveille" consists only of layered trumpet. ...

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Phil Grenadier / Bruno Raberg Duo: Plunge

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Two men are responsible for every sound heard on the avant-leaning Plunge, but this record shouldn't be mistaken for a naked, take-me-as-I-am duo date. Bassist Bruno Råberg and trumpeter Phil Grenadier take full advantage of technology to create piquant aural landscapes that expand and expound on the very nature of man-to-man dialogue. This pair plunges into the abyss of the mind as they explore themselves, their surroundings, their instruments and their connection to one another, but this isn't all off-the-cuff, on-the-spot construction. The presence of aural overlays and multiple, self-conversant Grenadiers make it clear that deliberation and ...

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Phil Grenadier / Bruno Raberg Duo: Plunge

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The inspiration for this album was saxophonist Ornette Coleman's “Lonely Woman." It gave Swedish bassist, Bruno Råberg, what he calls an “aural vision": “I 'heard' a rich, erratic, and busy soundscape in which the beautiful melody would live. I saw images of desolate streets and a lonely person's inner turmoil, conflicting emotions and despair." Coleman's hauntingly melancholic composition was first heard on his The Shape Of Jazz To Come (Atlantic, 1959), when free jazz was in its infancy (and album titles overblown). The spontaneous, often bluesy beauty imparted to the original by Coleman's saxophone and Don Cherry's ...

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Phil Grenadier / Bruno Raberg: Plunge

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There are conspicuously few trumpet and bass duo recordings in the archives of jazz, though the rationale is not obvious. The sonic characteristics of the two instruments work surprisingly well in the hands of disciplined artists who emphasize the creative process over fireworks. Trumpeter Phil Grenadier, brother of bassist Larry Grenadier, is teamed with bassist Bruno Råberg on the very inventive and gratifying Plunge. The collection features eighteen original and completely improvised pieces, broken into several segments, and a cover of Ornette Coleman's “Lonely Woman." The emphasis here is on experimental soundscapes that incorporate the atonal and the melodic in ...

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Phil Grenadier / Bruno Raberg Duo: Plunge

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Plunge is a captivating CD that features the formidable duo of bassist Bruno Råberg and trumpeter Phil Grenadier. Each musician brings to the table their unique background and decades of experience: Råberg hails from Sweden, and in his twenties he played with the cream of Swedish jazz musicians, including trombonist Eje Thelin, pianist Bobo Stenson and renowned singer Monica Zetterlund. With the magic of Scandinavian jazz firmly in his bones, Råberg emigrated to America in the early eighties, and since that time has played with top-notch musicians such as multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers, drummer Matt Wilson and keyboardist John Medeski.



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