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Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Drummer Jerry Granelli takes his inspiration here from novelist Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter, an imaginative reconstruction of the life of legendary New Orleans trumpeter Buddy Bolden at the birth of jazz an... more »
Drummer Jerry Granelli takes his inspiration here from novelist Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter, an imaginative reconstruction of the life of legendary New Orleans trumpeter Buddy Bolden at the birth of jazz and the 20th century. The emphasis is on the blues and the sensual feel of the jazz tradition, and Granelli has assembled an interesting band of players you might not normally associate with each another, including altoist Kenny Garrett, trombonist Julian Priester, guitarists Bill Frisell and Robben Ford, and bassist Anthony Cox. The "Slaughter" suite is broken into four parts, and there's a mixture of original tunes by Granelli, Priester, and arranger Wayne Horvitz, along with some classic jazz pieces. Garrett comes up with a creamy, sinuous sound that works well on Johnny Hodges's "Wanderlust" and also on the surprisingly slow second version of Ornette Coleman's "Blues Connotation." Priester covers many of the trombone bases, from rapid-fire bop to the slow, vocalized lines in his own "Prelude to Silence." The styles of Frisell and Ford both suit the blues-based material, and they dig into Bird's "Billie's Bounce" and the laid-back version of "I Put a Spell on You" with equal enthusiasm. It's a relaxed, funky, thoroughly enjoyable set, a tribute to Granelli's leadership. --Stuart Broomer
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I've always dug Jerry Granelli
Tim Withee | Los Angeles, CA | 11/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"and this 1992 effort -- a tribute to tbe legendary turn of the 20th Century New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden -- certainly does showcase his talent. Not only as a drummer/percussionist, and as a composer, but also for the very eclectic and supremely talented group of people he put together to produce this side. For some reason, you don't hear much about Granelli in the press, but look around at his catalogue and his work as a sideman (Ralph Towner's 'City of Eyes' for one) and you'll never be disappointed with what you find. I'm also a huge Robben Ford and Bill Frisell fan, so be sure to check out their playing. Ford continues to show that he's one of the very best interpreters of the blues idiom around and Frisell is simply so versatile that he finds a way to play anything in any genre. Some of his licks just blow your mind. And how can one not say that Garret, Priester and Cox don't just plain kick ass? Each in turn contribute mightily to this effort. It's all good on this one, folks.The side is jazzy, funky, bluesy, sad, joyous and beautiful. In short, the musicianship is superb. You'll definitely pat your foot to it as well as enjoy the mood and texture of the music.Five stars."
Magic when these foks get together
Tim Withee | 08/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD was so much better than I thought it would be. I'm a huge Bill frisell fan but haven't heard too much Jerry granelli that I care for. This CD is lush, gorgeous, funky and and it just plain cooks. The dueling guitars approach completely works with each guitarist ofering their strengths into the unique blend of New Orleans funky, chet baker-esque slow numbers. Highly recommended. One of my favorite Bill Frisell records."