Don Grolnick - The Complete Blue Note Recordings (rel.1997)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Don Grolnick
Title The Complete Blue Note Recordings
Length 108:31 Discs: 2 Tracks: 16
Format HQ 192+ kbps (kopia) Packaging Jewel Case
Label Blue Note Cat. Number 57197B
Style Crossover Jazz; Post-Bop Rating
Musicians Credits
Don Grolnick piano
Randy Becker trumpet
Michael Brecker sax tenor
Marty Ehrlich bass clarinet
Peter Erskine drums
Dave Holland bass
Joe Lovano sax tenor
Bob Mintzer bass clarinet
Barry Rogers trombone
Steve Turre trombone
Bill Stewart drums
Producer Don Grolnick
Engineer James Farber
Mastering Greg Calbi
Track list
Disc 1 51:18
Nothing Personal (Grolnick) 05:46
Taglioni (Grolnick) 09:08
A Weaver of Dreams (Elliott/Young) 04:44
His Majesty the Baby (Grolnick) 06:51
I Want to Be Happy (Caesar/Youmans) 05:08
Persimmons (Grolnick) 06:56
Or Come Fog (Grolnick) 05:26
Five Bars (Grolnick) 07:19
Disc 2 57:13
Heart of Darkness (Grolnick) 06:29
What Is This Thing Called Love (Porter) 06:15
One Bird, One Stone (Grolnick) 06:28
Nighttown (Grolnick) 08:14
Genie (Grolnick) 07:18
Spot That Man (Grolnick) 05:32
The Cost of Living (Grolnick) 08:10
Blues for Pop (Grolnick) 08:47
AMG Review by Scott Yanow (4 1/2):
Don Grolnick had such a successful career as a commercial keyboardist, playing with the likes of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Steely Dan, and James Brown, among others, that it was often forgotten that his roots were in jazz. In 1989, he recorded the album Weaver of Dreams and nearly three years later led Nighttown. All of the music from the two dates are reissued on this two-CD set without any additional material. In both cases, Grolnick utilizes an unusual four-horn front line featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker, either Barry Rogers or Steve Turre on trombone, and Michael Brecker or Joe Lovano on tenor, and has a prominent bass clarinet (either Bob Mintzer or Marty Ehrlich). The unpredictable arrangements, which cover a wide range of styles, are quite colorful, sometimes hinting at Dixieland and swing, and are open to the influence of Charles Mingus. Grolnick himself (heard throughout on acoustic piano) is well showcased on "A Weaver of Dreams," and his eccentric and joyful reworking of "I Want to Be Happy" is a classic. Well worth exploring.