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Larry Grenadier

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As one of the most admired, accomplished bassists working in jazz today, Larry Grenadier has been praised as “a deeply intuitive” musician by The New York Times and as an instrumentalist with a “fluid sense of melody” by Bass Player magazine. Grenadier has created an expansive body of work in collaboration with many of the genre’s most inventive, influential musicians – from early days playing with sax icons Joe Henderson and Stan Getz to what has been decades performing alongside pianist Brad Mehldau, from extended experiences working with the likes of Paul Motian and Pat Metheny to co-leading the cooperative trio Fly (with Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard) and quartet Hudson (with John Scofield, John Medeski and Jack DeJohnette). Over a performing and recording career that spans now three decades, it has been not only Grenadier’s instrumental virtuosity and instantly recognizable tone that have made him such an in-demand collaborator but also his uncommon artistic sensitivity, imagination and curiosity. In February 2019, ECM Records will release Grenadier’s first album of solo bass. Titled The Gleaners, it presents a brace of originals by the bassist alongside pieces by George Gershwin, John Coltrane and Paul Motian, as well as a pair of works written especially for Grenadier by guitarist, longtime friend and fellow ECM artist Wolfgang Muthspiel. Grenadier also includes an instrumental interpretation of a song by his wife, and frequent collaborator, the singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin.

Album

The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: CD1: Defiant, Tender Warrior; The Lonely One; Monk’s Dance; The Water Is Rising; Late Bloom; Booker’s Garden; The Ghost of Lady Day; The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow; Beyond Darkness. CD2: Sky Valley, Spirit of the Forest; Balm In Gilead; Lift Every Voice and Sing; When the Sun Comes Up, Darkness Is Gone; Cape to Cairo; Defiant, Reprise; Homeward Dove.

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Article: Album Review

Giuseppe Millaci and the Vogue Trio: Double Portrait

Read "Double Portrait" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


There is a distinct, European elegance of invention practiced by double bassist Giuseppe Millaci and his Vogue Trio mates--pianist Amaury Faye and drummer Lionel Beuvens--that leaves a real good impression on us inelegant Americans. Over the course of four albums for Hypnote Records--Songbook (2017), The Endless Way (2019), Interaction: Live At Flagey (2022), and now, ...

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Article: Interview

A Conversation with Don Braden

Read "A Conversation with Don Braden" reviewed by AAJ Staff


This interview was first published in two parts at All About Jazz on May 1999. In this interview, we chat with Don Braden about his views on MP3 files, his relationship with Bill Cosby, the impact Kenny Kirkland had on his latest album for RCA Victor, Fire Within, and a host of other related ...

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Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo

Read "Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Umbria Jazz 2023 Varie sedi Perugia 7--16.7.2023 50 anni di Umbria Jazz e 90 del suo fondatore e direttore artistico Carlo Pagnotta: un evento unico, festeggiato con un'edizione veramente speciale, ricca di musica e di iniziative collaterali, che ha superato nella programmazione come nella partecipazione del pubblico i livelli degli ultimi ...

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Article: Book Review

Brad Mehldau: Formation: Building A Personal Canon, Part One

Read "Brad Mehldau: Formation: Building A Personal Canon, Part One" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Formation: Building A Personal Canon, Part One Brad Mehldau 312 Pages ISBN: 9781800503137 Equinox Publishing 2023 In the considerable wake of Keith Jarrett, it is hard to think of another pianist as influential or as widely imitated as Brad Mehldau. Throughout a career that began in the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from the JOI (Jazz Outreach Initiative) Jazz Orchestra, Luis Russell and Grace Garland, plus birthday shoutouts to Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey, Rebecca Martin, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Peter Beets: New York Trio Page Two

Read "Peter Beets: New York Trio Page Two" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


In its relatively short history, American jazz music has established a language that while having some ties to the European tradition is more fully rooted in the rhythms and folk melodies of the African slaves. What is even more significant is the profound impact that the music and musicians have had in breaking social boundaries such ...

Album

Every Note Is True

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: The More It Changes; The Eternal Verities; She Won't Forget Me; For Ellen Raskin; Blue; Goodness Knows; Had I But Known; Merely Improbable; Praise Will Travel; At the Bells and Motley.

Album

Origin

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Remembering; On the Horizon; Dear Autumn; Winter Blues; Promise of Spring; Summer Rising; Midnight Waves; Angel Eyes; Rise Up; Hesitation.


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