Saxophonist Steve Grossman hasn't been a regular on the New York scene for many years but a crash-- course sampling of the many sessions he has recorded--with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Barry Harris and Michel Petrucciani for starters as well as under his name as a soloist and with his own groups--shows how much excellent playing he has under his belt.And soon there will be those sets this Brooklyn--born, Long Island--bred musician will be doing with the Al Foster Quartet at The Kitano--performances that will offer a chance to hear how he sounds ...read more
Even though Johnny Griffin has steadfastly chosen to remain in Europe since 1963, his recorded output remains steady and, as always, invigorating, thanks to Dreyfus Jazz. Fast on the heels of Griffin's Grammy-nominated collaboration with piano great Martial Solal, Griffin once again is paired with an interesting counterpart, this time fellow tenor saxman Steve Grossman. Even though he grew up and was educated in the United States, Grossman now is resident of Europe as well.Last year, Griffin journeyed from Holland to join Grossman in Paris for a blowing session of two aggressive saxophonists revealing their common hard bop ...read more
The welcome return of the fire-breathing bebop tenor saxophonist is well, music to my ears. Ex-patriot saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Steve Grossman team up for an old fashioned blowing session. This date recorded for the French label, Dreyfus Records, calls to mind Griffin’s legendary recording date A Blowing Session with John Coltrane and Hank Mobley in 1957. Recorded in the days when musicians arrived in town looking for an after-hours cutting contest to prove themselves and develop their skills. Griffin, now 72, was known for his competitive playing working in the bands of Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Lionel Hampton, Wes ...read more
Sadly, this was the last studio date Michel Petrucciani recorded before leaving the planet. This diminutive piano genius left behind a joyous recorded legacy, which now includes this date as sideman to tenor saxophonist Steve Grossman. In 1969 Grossman, while still a teenager, took over Wayne Shorter’s seat in the Miles Davis band. His sound on the saxophone then was an aggressive powerful display, perfect for the Miles’ records Live/Evil, Jack Johnson, Get Up With It, Black Beauty, and Live At The Filmore. After leaving Miles, his career seemed similar to two other Miles’ alumni, Dave Liebman and Sonny Fortune. ...read more
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