Donna Grantis Shares 'Diamonds & Dynamite'

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Thursday January 17, 2019

From Billboard

Prince Collaborator Donna Grantis Shares ‘Diamonds & Dynamite’ Title Track: Premiere
By: Gary Graff

Donna Grantis understandably had the late Prince on her mind while making her new solo album, Diamonds & Dynamite, whose title track is premiering exclusively below.

The guitarist, a Toronto native, played with Prince as part of 3RDEYEGIRL and the New Power Generation. She was also working with him in a fusion jazz collective that he set aside to concentrate on his solo piano performances before his death in April 2016. And Prince would have served as producer on Diamonds & Dynamite, an eight-track set that takes Grantis back to the improvisational fusion roots she was exploring before joining the Prince universe.

“This was something Prince and I talked about,” Grantis tells Billboard. “He asked if he could produce the record, which is pretty crazy since the direction of the record overall was really influenced by him in so many ways. He introduced me to a whole new repertoire of jazz music I wasn’t familiar with.”

According to Grantis, that would specifically be Miles Davis’ fusion work on albums such as Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson and On The Corner. “That’s the kind of music that would be playing on (the PA) while audiences were coming in and taking their seats at our shows,” Grantis recalls. At the time she leaned more toward the music of Billy Cobham and John Scofield, jazz but “a little more on the bluesier side. When it comes down to it, blues was really my foundation as a player.” But Prince’s tutelage opened some new vistas for her.

Listen to the new track here