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Rhymes With Orange
Mario Grigorov
Rhymes With Orange
Genre: Jazz
 
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On his debut album, Mario Grigorov sounds like just what he is: a gifted classical pianist dabbling in jazz. Since he was five years old, Grigorov has been winning classical piano competitions and studying with top classic...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Mario Grigorov
Title: Rhymes With Orange
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1994
Re-Release Date: 8/30/1994
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624567943, 093624567929

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On his debut album, Mario Grigorov sounds like just what he is: a gifted classical pianist dabbling in jazz. Since he was five years old, Grigorov has been winning classical piano competitions and studying with top classical piano teachers--not only in his homeland of Bulgaria but also in Germany, Austria and Australia. A growing interest in jazz improvisation brought him to Los Angeles, where he was quickly signed by Bob James, who put Grigorov in the studio with bassist Brian Bromberg, drummer Glen Velez and producers Miles Goodman and Oscar Castro-Neves. Grigorov recorded 10 original compositions plus a slow, fussy arrangement of "Body and Soul" which makes the jazz standard sound like Strauss. The young pianist's technique is dazzling. He can maintain independent rhythms in each hand and still articulate every note in a fast phrase crisply. His playing, though, has very little to do with jazz. He displays almost no understanding of the blues or swing, and his improvisations are marked by their complex intricacies more than their emotional spontaneity. Even considered as art music or pop instrumentals rather than jazz, Grigorov's compositions have a rococo callowness which makes it hard to enjoy them as anything more than vehicles for his prodigious facility. --Geoffrey Himes

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