Steve Grossman: Quartet
This session with Petrucciani, recorded in January of 1998 is a testament to an artist with a fully matured sound. Reminiscent of John Coltrane’s Ballads album, Grossman sticks mostly to standards, and both musicians opt for emotion over technique. Injecting new life into “Body & Soul” and “In A Sentimental Mood” while playing the composition relatively straight is no small feat and quite the accomplishment for the extroverted pair! The quartet does it with an honest presentation. Grossman seems to be saying to the listeners, “enjoy the simplicity of thee compositions.” On the new Petrucciani tune “Parisian Welcome,” the pair trade quotes from jazz history like ball players recounting a championship game. Petrucciani shows no sign of the disease that would shortly take his life. It’s eerie, the beauty which he conjures, almost forecasting this as his last studio session. Grossman, now approaching his fifth decade, embodies the learned teachings of a career in jazz and has much to offer. Look forward to more adroit music from him.
Track List:Ebb Tide; Inner Circle; Song For My Mother; Parisian Welcome; You Go To My Head; Body & Soul; Why Don’t I?; Don’t Blame Me; Theme For Ernie; In A Sentimental Mood.
Personnel: Steve Grossman
Record Label: Dreyfus Records