Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jerry Granelli: A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing (1993)

This should sound familiar, chiefly because of the place of prominence given Bill Frisell both in the arrangements and in Lee Townsend's production. Townsend, you may recall, has produced umpteen of Frisell's own records and has done similar work for other artists who have tried to stake out territory between jazz and folk/Americana (none so well as Frisell, though).

"A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing" is less self-consciously eclectic and hangs together better than other Granelli records because, despite the stellar cast of musicians and fresh arrangements of several familiar tunes, it doesn't try overly hard to be a jazz recording. Granelli is a masterful drummer, but never sounds like he's entirely comfortable too far away from a backbeat. The Buddy of the title is Buddy Bolden, and the album is inspired by the book "Coming Through Slaughter," but that's nothing you'd need to know to enjoy this. I can't hear it myself.

Jerry Granelli - drums
Kenny Garrett - alto saxophone
Julian Priester - trombone
Bill Frisell - guitar, banjo
Robben Ford - guitar
Anthony Cox - bass
J. Granelli - el. bass (#2, 5, 6, 9 and 10)
Denny Goodhew - soprano saxophone (#6)

1 Wanderlust (Johnny Hodges/Duke Ellington)
2 Smoky Row (Wayne Horvitz)
3 The Oyster Dance (Jerry Granelli)
4 Billie's Bounce (Charlie Parker)
5 Coming Through Slaughter (Jerry Granelli)
6 In That Number (Wayne Horvitz)
7 Prelude To Silence: Shell Beach/Lincoln Park (Julian Priester)
8 I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
9 Blues Connotation (Ornette Coleman)
10 Blues Connotation (Reprise) (Ornette Coleman)

Recorded January-February, 1992 at London Bridge Studio, Seattle, WA, US
Produced by Lee Townsend
320 kbps mp3 rip from Evidence CD 22057


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E-mile said...

hi Festoonic, a "Frisell" I didn't know existed! Chapeau & many thanks
Really liked this one, I was collecting Frisell related stuff around 1993 like mad, this one slipped through somehow... Made me realize once again WHY i was so into Frisell in those years: he does what he does and ALWAYS goes for the extra mile - the poison is in the details - again a BIG thank you!
peace, E-mile

Anonymous said...

thanks - steve.

Cosmo Vitelli said...

This is an awesome poorly considered record.

Festoonic said...

Not entirely certain I know what you mean, Cosmo, but thank you for your comment anyway. I very much appreciate the feedback -- almost enough to post some more music, but not quite.

Cosmo Vitelli said...

I wasn't intending nothing else than that this is a great record. I had this cd back in 1994, as soon as it was reviewed in italian Musica Jazz magazine. For my two cents some of the finest playing of all performers involved. A pity it wasn't more heard and known and so they did not record more together. Often today new artists and productions are vaily glorified while they do not offer a tenth of 'old' magical meetings such this. Stop.

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