Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

175

Enrico Granafei: In Search Of The Third Dimension

By

Sign in to view read count
Enrico Granafei's day job (well, really his night job) is as proprietor and musical director of Trumpets, a popular jazz club in Montclair, New Jersey in the Metropolitan New York area. His other avocation is as a musician and recording artist, simultaneously playing chromatic harmonica and acoustic nylon guitar.

Granafei is a graduate of the Conservatory of L'Aquina in Italy and began working as a classical guitarist. After hearing a friend's recording of Bill Evans' Affinity (Warner Brothers, 1978), which featured Toots Thielemans on chromatic harmonica, Granafei taught himself to play the instrument. He then moved to New York, where he became involved in the jazz scene. He later obtained a Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was Toots Thielemans' only student in Jazz Performance.

In 2002, Granafei met inventor Vern Smith who had patented a hands-free chromatic harmonica which could be played by a musician who would be able to maneuver a switch by using his lips. Prior to that Bob Dylan was the image of a harmonica player who simultaneously played guitar, performing on a simple diatonic harmonica.

In Search of the Third Dimension begs comparison to Thielemans albums where the legendary harmonicist has played in a duo setting with guitarists like Oscar Castro-Neves. With the exception of two tunes, the music is very familiar fare coming from first wave Bossa Nova standards and songs from the Great America Songbook. Typically, Granafei first plays the melody on the harmonica and then improvises on it. In some instances the guitar is also used as a solo instrument.

The addition of Milt Jackson's "Bags' Groove" and Benny Carter's "Only Trust Your Heart" is most welcome, and on the former Granafei sinks his teeth into the vibraphonist's familiar riff. Throwing in yet another talent, Granafei also sings on two tracks. On a mid-tempo version of "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," Granafei displays a pleasant Harry Connick Jr-type vocal. At the break, he goes into an attenuated scat section and accelerates the tempo accordingly. For the concluding original, "Calabrossa," Granafei sings in Portuguese, yet another unexpected treat that sounds quite convincing.


Track Listing: Out Of Nowhere; Meditation; Autumn Leaves; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Only Trust Your Heart; Bag's Groove; The Shadow Of Your Smile; Wave; Favors; Calabrossa.

Personnel: Enrico Granafei: hands-free chromatic harmonica, guitar, vocals.

Title: In Search Of The Third Dimension | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Friendly Signs Album Reviews
Friendly Signs
By Don Phipps
February 22, 2019
Read The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes Album Reviews
The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes
By Roger Farbey
February 22, 2019
Read Free Fall Album Reviews
Free Fall
By Glenn Astarita
February 22, 2019
Read The Largo And The Lame Album Reviews
The Largo And The Lame
By Mark Corroto
February 22, 2019
Read Sun Of Goldfinger Album Reviews
Sun Of Goldfinger
By Dan McClenaghan
February 22, 2019
Read Paint The Sky Album Reviews
Paint The Sky
By Andrew J. Sammut
February 21, 2019
Read God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be Album Reviews
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be
By Karl Ackermann
February 21, 2019