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Steve Grossman Quartet With Michel Petrucciani

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In this final recording with pianist Michel Petrucciani, saxophonist Grossman's usually more extroverted tendencies are willingly sublimated in order to play more romantically inclined mainstream jazz. Many of the tunes are ballads, embellished by Petrucciani's languid or forceful pianistics, while solid bassist Andy McKee and drummer Joe Farnsworth keep the flickering flame alive with their steadying rhythms. Of course the fire has to be stoked on occasion, and Grossman really digs in on the Sonny Rollins evergreen "Why Dont I?" It's perfectly played, a flawless uptempo swinger with head nodding, bluesy elements. Contrasting easy swing with double timed tenor on "Don't Blame Me" shows Grossman as riled up as he gets on this date. There's a samba take of "You Go To My Head" with Petrucciani's solo sporting 16th note flurries, and a moody, pensive waltz version of McKee's "Inner Circle" similar to "You Go To My Head." Two tunes go from ballad to swing and back, Grossman's "Song For My Mother" with the pianist quite animated in the bridge, and Petrucciani's "Parisian Welcome" brought in exclusively for this session, with Grossman the torch burner. The others are straight ballads including classic takes of "Body & Soul" and "Theme For Ernie," the lugubrious interpretation with a highly restrained Petrucciani on "Ebb Tide," and the sax-piano only rendition of "In A Sentimental Mood" as the CD's closer. Fans of Grossman should not wince at this apparent taming of the shrew. In fact, Grossman's pungent tone, never smeary or over pronounced, retains its rich, expressive listenability and tunefulness. It's a beautifully understated recording that is easily recommended, especially for those just discovering veteran Grossman.
© Michael G. Nastos /TiVo

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1
Ebb Tide
Michel Petrucciani
00:05:38

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

2
Inner Circle
Michel Petrucciani
00:06:42

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

3
Song for My Mother
Michel Petrucciani
00:07:31

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

4
Parisian Welcome
Michel Petrucciani
00:05:41

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

5
You Go to My Head
Michel Petrucciani
00:05:28

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

6
Body and Soul
Michel Petrucciani
00:06:36

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

7
Why Don't I
Michel Petrucciani
00:04:06

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

8
Don't Blame Me
Michel Petrucciani
00:06:30

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

9
Theme for Ernie
Michel Petrucciani
00:05:29

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

10
In a Sentimental Mood
Michel Petrucciani
00:05:46

Steve Grossman, MainArtist

© 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

Album Description

In this final recording with pianist Michel Petrucciani, saxophonist Grossman's usually more extroverted tendencies are willingly sublimated in order to play more romantically inclined mainstream jazz. Many of the tunes are ballads, embellished by Petrucciani's languid or forceful pianistics, while solid bassist Andy McKee and drummer Joe Farnsworth keep the flickering flame alive with their steadying rhythms. Of course the fire has to be stoked on occasion, and Grossman really digs in on the Sonny Rollins evergreen "Why Dont I?" It's perfectly played, a flawless uptempo swinger with head nodding, bluesy elements. Contrasting easy swing with double timed tenor on "Don't Blame Me" shows Grossman as riled up as he gets on this date. There's a samba take of "You Go To My Head" with Petrucciani's solo sporting 16th note flurries, and a moody, pensive waltz version of McKee's "Inner Circle" similar to "You Go To My Head." Two tunes go from ballad to swing and back, Grossman's "Song For My Mother" with the pianist quite animated in the bridge, and Petrucciani's "Parisian Welcome" brought in exclusively for this session, with Grossman the torch burner. The others are straight ballads including classic takes of "Body & Soul" and "Theme For Ernie," the lugubrious interpretation with a highly restrained Petrucciani on "Ebb Tide," and the sax-piano only rendition of "In A Sentimental Mood" as the CD's closer. Fans of Grossman should not wince at this apparent taming of the shrew. In fact, Grossman's pungent tone, never smeary or over pronounced, retains its rich, expressive listenability and tunefulness. It's a beautifully understated recording that is easily recommended, especially for those just discovering veteran Grossman.
© Michael G. Nastos /TiVo

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