131

J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky: Gigantic

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky: Gigantic The words "surf's up" keep coming to mind when I listen to bassist J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky's Gigantic. Though it may seem an odd comparison, the music here has that rough-around-the-edges groove mode of long ago guitar/organ-based surf music, a very early sixties (pre-Beatles) Southern California type of garage rock. These minor hit records from regional instrumental groups served as soundtracks for 8mm surf documentary movie makers who traveled from high school gym to local community centers with their now laughably antiquated projectors and pull down movie screens. Bruce Brown's Endless Summer was simply the most successful of these movies. There were scores of lower budget surf flicks out there at the time. And there was small concurrent surf music scene to ride the wave with them.

Having said that, it's a good guess that New York-based J.A. Granelli was influenced not at all by that sound, though "Happy Pt 1," with its crunchy guitar licks and fluid organ groove seems as though it could serve as a backing to a longboarder sliding down a long left at Trestles.

Gigantic is an engaging listen, a mix of loose-jointed funk and R&B, with some reggae hints thrown into the brew, in addition to a charmingly reworked pop tune, "If I Can't Have You"; a set suffused with a relaxed insouciance of the old time surf tunes; a hundred and eighty degree departure from Granelli's blacksmith jazz on Iron Sky (Love Slave Records, 2003).

And I have no idea who Mr. Lucky is, other than the name of this group.

Track Listing: Merle, Happy Pt 1, Gigantic, Again, 13.5, Happy Pt 2, Sock Monkey, If I Can't Have You, Pipe Dreams, 13.5 (dub)

Personnel: J.A. Granelli--bass and piccolo bass; David Tronzo--slide guitar; Jamie Shaft--organ, mellotron, diego Voglino--drums

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Love Slave Records | Style: Fringes of Jazz


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Chromola CD/LP/Track Review Chromola
by John Eyles
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn CD/LP/Track Review Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Nature City CD/LP/Track Review Nature City
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin CD/LP/Track Review Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 23, 2017
Read This Is The Uplifting Part CD/LP/Track Review This Is The Uplifting Part
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "The Long Journey Home" CD/LP/Track Review The Long Journey Home
by James Nadal
Published: March 17, 2017
Read "Innri" CD/LP/Track Review Innri
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 4, 2016
Read "Pascal Battus / Dafne Vicente-Sandoval</em>" CD/LP/Track Review Pascal Battus / Dafne Vicente-Sandoval</em>
by John Eyles
Published: June 17, 2016
Read "Saints and Sinners" CD/LP/Track Review Saints and Sinners
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 30, 2016
Read "Saturday Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Saturday Songs
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "Noumenon" CD/LP/Track Review Noumenon
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 23, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!