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INTERVIEW

Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes

Read "Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I've earned the privilege of not playing anything I don't want to play," says drummer Jerry Granelli, whose past is replete with the names of many greats in jazz for whom he supplied rhythmic support—sometimes force—over several decades. “That used to be a fear," he adds, “You figured if you turned something down, the phone would never ring again. But I don't have to worry about that now. I might do something with a young musician. I won't ...

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Jerry Granelli, Lisa Ullén, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Yells At Eels

Read "Jerry Granelli, Lisa Ullén, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Yells At Eels" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Drummer extraordinaire Jerry Granelli says he doesn't look back too much, he'd prefer to move forward with his music, but with Jamie Saft and Brad Jones in tow, he decided the time was right to rediscover some of the tunes he played backing Vince Guaraldi and Mose Allison years back. A sample of his new album is a highlight of this episode. Other new albums being sampled come from Swedish pianist Lisa Ullen, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Yells at Eels with Pinkish ...

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Jorja Smith, Gary Bartz & Maisha, Jerry Granelli and More New Releases

Read "Jorja Smith, Gary Bartz & Maisha, Jerry Granelli and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The second part of this week's new and upcoming release special brings new gems by Angel Bat Dawid, Caleb Dolister, old gems in new bottles courtesy of Gary Bartz & Maisha and of Jorja Smith diving into the Blue Note catalogue for a neo-classic St. Germain, some family love by the Granellis and the electro-acoustic experimentations of Enrico Rava, Matthew Herbert and Giovanni Guidi Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng ...

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Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann

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This episode evokes special memories of my first exposure to the Art Ensemble of Chicago many years ago. I was left in awe at the spectacle, let alone the originality and power of the music. We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, the new release from Pi Recordings brings that concert and much more music by the AEoC to mind. What an amazing and important group they were and still are, thanks to Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jerry Granelli: What I Hear Now

Read "What I Hear Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The simple answer to the question that drummer Jerry Granelli poses on What I Hear Now is “horns." He hears horns over the foundation of his regular trio with saxophonist Dani Oore and bassist Simon Fisk who uses the 3 string bassetto here. The mix is three reeds, including tenor saxophonist Mike Murley, joined by a trombone. Granelli is not an easy guy to put into a compartment. He was part of pianist Vince Guaraldi's trio during the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jerry Granelli: What I Hear Now

Read "What I Hear Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This is what master drummer Jerry Granelli hears now: a wide variety of left-of-center music that circumvents strict harmonic corralling, thanks to the absence of guitar or piano, and makes good use of multiple horns. Of course, if you catch Granelli a few months down the road, he might hear something completely different. Over the past half a century, Jerry Granelli has been making his mark by being his own man. Who else but a staunch individualist ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jerry Granelli V16: Vancouver '08

Read "Vancouver '08" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Over 40-plus years as an innovative performer and renowned educator, drummer Jerry Granelli has shown an affinity for the sonic possibilities of paired electric guitars. Since 2003, he's explored this interest in V16, with guitarists David Tronzo and Christian Kogel and his son, electric bassist J. Anthony Granelli. Vancouver '08, their third release, vividly captures their unique sound world--referencing jazz, blues and psychedelic rock, but not beholden to these traditions. The group has forged a collective identity ...


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