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J. A. Granelli

J. Anthony Granelli is a native of northern California. He began to study electric bass at the age of eight from San Francisco Bassist /instrument pioneer Fred Marshall. In his teens Granelli moved to Seattle Washington where he performed with Jay Clayton, Jerry Granelli, Julian Priester, and was a founding member of the critically acclaimed group Timebone. Granelli received a BFA in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts in 1991. At Cal Arts he explored creating a personal vocabulary of jazz improvisation while studying with Charlie Haden, and performing with John Bergamo and Miroslav Tadic. Granelli now resides in New York City where he composes, and plays actively in a wide variety of musical situations, including his critaclly acclaimed quartet Mr

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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 ...

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Alternative Guitar Summit brings together Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Ben Monder, Thurston Moore: Jan. 13-15, plus many more

Alternative Guitar Summit brings together Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Ben Monder, Thurston Moore: Jan. 13-15, plus many more

Joel Harrison presents the Alternative Guitar Summit Co-sponsored by the New York Guitar Festival Featuring Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Vic Juris, Ben Monder, Thurston Moore and many more! January 13, 14 and 15, 2012 Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen Street New York, NY 10002 (212) 477-4155 The guitar ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society: G.R.A.S.S. On Fire

Read "G.R.A.S.S. On Fire" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society was fermented when a group of jazz musicians who shared the same vision for reggae got together for jam sessions at the home of keyboardist Nate Shaw. Their love of the music coalesced into a more tangent form when they presented the soundtrack to the 1972 film, The Harder They ...

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"G.R.A.S.S. On Fire" A Jazz-Fueled Take on Seminal Bob Marley Album

"G.R.A.S.S. On Fire" A Jazz-Fueled Take on Seminal Bob Marley Album

Eleven Musicians of the Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society Instrumentally Interpret Music from Catch a Fire With the release of G.R.A.S.S. on Fire, G.R.A.S.S—the appropriately abbreviated Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society—have taken on the challenge of bringing the music of the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers to an entirely new level. On G.R.A.S.S. on Fire, ...

Homing

Label: Love Slave Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Fortunate Son; Lazy Eye; Hope for Junior; Happy Pt. 3 (Lana); Long Hair; Torso; Sum Song (Gil); My True Love; The Row Boat Stomp (Lola).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky: Homing

Read "Homing" reviewed by John Kelman

Bassist J.A. Granelli's Mr. Lucky may be a totally revamped lineup from the group that released Gigantic (Love Slave, 2004), but its philosophy remains the same. Homing lives in a place somewhere between Ry Cooder's loose, pre-Buena Vista Social Club work and Bill Frisell's Good Dog, Happy Man, a collection of roots-oriented material that's about groove ...

Gigantic

Label: Love Slave Records
Released: 2004
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).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky: Gigantic

Read "Gigantic" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky: Gigantic

Read "Gigantic" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The music that J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky make has nothing to do with jazz. That does not matter, for they serve up dollops of music that tantalizes and captivates even in the quietest moments. Granelli balances the structure of the album very well as he brings in different moods to keep the snare ...


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