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Thursday April 18, 2019

From Jazz Journal

Larry Grenadier: The Gleaners
By: Fred Grand

At 53 you’d hardly call Grenadier a veteran, but having worked with some of jazz’s foremost performers – from the late Paul Motian and Michael Brecker to the all-conquering Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau and Chris Potter – he can certainly draw on a considerable bank of experience.

A solo recital is an altogether different type of challenge though, and it will probably come as little surprise to learn that the idea for this session was hatched by that longtime aficionado of the format, Manfred Eicher.

Whilst many of the pieces here are extremely brief, each is fully complete in itself and there is nothing remotely extraneous across the album’s 43 engrossing minutes. Brilliantly conceived and executed from start to finish, The Gleaners offers an exploded view an artist at the peak of his powers and makes a worthy edition to ECM’s prestigious library of music for solo bass.

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