LOVE IS THE THING

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STEVE GROSSMAN, T. SAX

CEDAR WALTON, PIANO

DAVID WILLIAMS, BASS

BILLY HIGGINS, DRUMS

A CLASSIC BALLADS JAZZ ALBUM

 

Steve Grossman,

Grossman iniziò studiando il sax contralto all'età di otto anni, strumento a cui aggiunse il sax soprano a 15 e il sax tenore a 16 anni. Debuttò come professionista a nel 1969, sostituendo Wayne Shorter nel gruppo di Miles Davis, con cui incise l'album A Tribute to Jack Johnson. Dal 1971 al 1973 fece parte del gruppo di Elvin Jones. Dall'inizio degli anni 70 lavora come freelance e conduce formazioni proprie, tra le altre lo "Steve Grossman Trio." Dotato di una potente voce strumentale, nella tradizione hard bop, Steve ha al suo attivo collaborazioni con molti dei protagonisti del jazz contemporaneo. Da diversi anni vive in Italia.

Wikipedia

189 LOVE IS THE THING

STEVE GROSSMAN WITH THE CEDAR WALTON TRIO

Although tenor saxophonist Steve Grossman's main influence by the 1980s was Sonny Rollins, this quartet set could be considered a tribute to John Coltrane. With inspiring support from pianist Cedar Walton, bassist David Williams and drummer Billy Higgins, Grossman interprets such ballads as "Naima," "Easy to Love," "Easy Living" and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," but is careful to vary the tempos and moods; he also contributes an original, "415 Central Park West." Excellent modern mainstream music from a fine tenorman.

 by  Scott Yanow

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->176  <!--[endif]-->WAY OUT EAST vol. 1

with Juney Booth and Joe Chambers

The first volume of Steve Grossman's two trio sessions, Way out East, with bassist Joony Booth and drummer Joe Chambers, exhibits the strong influence of Sonny Rollins, though the aura of John Coltrane is also present in his playing. The big-toned tenor saxophonist excels in this setting. Grossman's aggressive take of the opener, "Bye Bye Blackbird," falters slightly in places with some unnecessary reed squeaks, but overall it is a fine effort. Better are the flawless takes of such perennial favorites as "On Green Dolphin Street," "I'll Remember April," "Star Eyes," and Miles Davis' "Four." Chambers' strong percussion drives Grossman's first-rate original "Taurus People." Recommended.

Ken Dryden

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183 WAY OUT EAST vol. 2

with Juney Booth and Joe Chambers

Tenor saxophonist Steve Grossman, who played with Miles Davis' electric group in the early 1970s, is very much in a Sonny Rollins vein throughout this excellent trio outing with bassist Juni Booth and drummer Joe Chambers. The title is a play on Rollins' classic Way Out West album, although most of the material (which includes "Trane's Slow Blues," "Soul Trane" and "Like Someone In Love") actually belongs more to the John Coltrane songbook. Grossman's tone echoes Rollins while also hinting at his own developing personality, and his improvisations are consistently impressive.

Scott Yanow

 

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