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    'Hornin' In' (Monk)



    'Segment' (Parker)



    'Bloomdido' (Parker)


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    Just came across these videos from the recording session for Jamale Davis's album 'Workers Comp'.

    'Segment'



    'What is this Thing Called Arco?'



    'Steeplesnakes'


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    listening to chuck wayne - he's great of course - but pg's lines are much more interesting (because much more bud powell)

    i think barry harris is a much bigger musical influence

    wayne maybe played an important role in establishing his physical technique

    but i don't think that matters too much

    its the ideas that matter

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    Pasquale Grasso and Barry Harris together on Monday 11th July:


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    I'm curious about his strings, in the black trenier guitar, smalls and mezzrow videos

    it is TIs 012 or 013 ?

    Its definitely flats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carloscepinha
    I'm curious about his strings, in the black trenier guitar, smalls and mezzrow videos

    it is TIs 012 or 013 ?

    Its definitely flats
    I believe he plays 11s. I'm having a lesson with him next week and will confirm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groyniad
    listening to chuck wayne - he's great of course - but pg's lines are much more interesting (because much more bud powell)

    i think barry harris is a much bigger musical influence

    wayne maybe played an important role in establishing his physical technique

    but i don't think that matters too much

    its the ideas that matter
    Doubt seriously the part about Warne. I hear no influence whatsoever, physical or otherwise, and I have played with both men, Pasquale many times going back to his arrival here in 2009.

    Agree with the rest, especially about Chuck, though..

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    Amazing, almost unbelievable playing. I have never heard another guitarist who does on guitar what Art Tatum and Bud Powell did on piano. Simply incredible!

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    Grasso now has a live solo recording, 'By Myself', available as download from his website. The sound quality is a little rough but the playing is, of course, remarkable.

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    Playing 'Sophisticated Lady' on Thursday 17th November:


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    I recently purchased his master class series from Mymasterclass.com. It is loaded with great information and well worth the cost. He demonstrates the material very clearly and carefully, yet it moves along well and covers a lot of ground. I recommend all 4 parts of the series. His explanation of chromatics within triads and 4 note chords was a revelation for me. An incredible player and excellent teacher as well.

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    Coming soon on Gut String Records (label run by bassist Neal Miner).
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    Renaud Penant (dr), Pasquale Grasso (g), Ari Roland (b)

    'In the Mood for a Classic' (Bud Powell)


    'The Squirrel' (Tadd Dameron)
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    Someone get him on a major label!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark M.
    I recently purchased his master class series from Mymasterclass.com. It is loaded with great information and well worth the cost. He demonstrates the material very clearly and carefully, yet it moves along well and covers a lot of ground. I recommend all 4 parts of the series. His explanation of chromatics within triads and 4 note chords was a revelation for me. An incredible player and excellent teacher as well.
    Which part is that in, please? I have the first two (so far).

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    Quote Originally Posted by destinytot
    Which part is that in, please? I have the first two (so far).
    Part 3, 15:53-22:39

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    Interesting to listen to this as well.


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    Listening now...isn't that the "revered" Polytone Joe Pass/Herb Ellis sound?


    He's damn good, but this music does nothing for me.

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    Sounds fine to me. (Maybe 'cause I enjoy the 'revered' Polytone Joe Pass / Herb Ellis sound every day... ;o)

    I've never heard Pasquale live, so I don't have THAT sound to compare this to. But I like this sound. I don't care for the cymbals being louder than the guitar so much, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. I may buy this.

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    I think the tone is fine. But I think the playing is very "samey." Mid tempos, Grasso plays some 8ths, blows sixteenths (or more) Arco bass solo on every tune...Grasso plays a lot of notes, but there's not a lot of "bite" or energy to them. I dunno, I'll stick to enjoying the even worse sound quality (but much more interesting playing) on his youtube vidoes. I'd love to catch him live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David B
    Wonderful playing of course from Grasso but his guitar sound is poorly recorded (as it has been on a number of recordings now).
    This is the only CD I have of Grasso's playing and curious if anyone knows if his guitar sound is better on the three Chris Byars albums and the MERCI TOOTS recording?

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    Just listened on iTunes and........the album is in Mono.

    Either on purpose.....to sound old school or an uploading mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philco
    Just listened on iTunes and........the album is in Mono.

    Either on purpose.....to sound old school or an uploading mistake.
    You're right! Just listened again (truth be told, I had only listened to the album once then put it aside).
    Last edited by David B; 06-21-2017 at 10:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ovader
    This is the only CD I have of Grasso's playing and curious if anyone knows if his guitar sound is better on the three Chris Byars albums and the MERCI TOOTS recording?
    His best recorded tone is actually in the demo videos he did for Trenier Guitars:



    Playing through a nice Carr amp and some reverb helps. I believe most of his recorded tones are from the tiny Polytone amp he uses on gigs.

    See 1:50:



    On the 'Merci Toots' album, he's playing his black Trenier acoustically.


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    In reference to the Poor Butterfly video Joan Chamorro replied to a comment stating in July there will be a CD of the Grasso brothers and in September a CD of the violinist. I don't know if that means the Grasso brothers will appear on the violinist's CD as well though but the July CD is suppose to be ready for this year's Jazzing Festival. I don't know whether the CD recordings are from the same session from the video performance or if they are studio recordings from another session date.

    Update: I asked Chamorro about the CDs and he replied:
    The Grasso brothers appear in my next 4 cd's
    1) arrangements by Luigi Grasso (agost 2017)
    2) Joan Chamorro presents Elia Bastida (september 2017)
    3) Jazzing 7 (only Luigi Grasso), from the sant andreu jazz band (september 2017)
    4) Jazzing 8 (with Luigi and Pasquale), sant andreu jazz band (the next year 2018)
    Last edited by Ovader; 06-25-2017 at 01:05 PM. Reason: Additional information.

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    well - don't blame me - that was rather good

    the wonder of it is that he can hear all that so clearly and so unhesitatingly

    you can catch a lot of it as a (practiced) listener - but he is hearing all of it (and probably lots more around it that he doesn't quite play) all the time.

    that must be a very good thing indeed

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    And there's nothing sinister about a mission to mould and enfranchise young talent. (Oh... wait a minute... Yes, there is.)

    Back to the music, I thought it rather good, too.

    And I'll go to the concerts and take great pleasure from them ('practised listener' that I am).

    Nevertheless, I'd love to hear Pasquale play Poor Butterfly with Ken Peplowski, who - like Pasquale - inhabits the standards 'like a boss' (in the parlance of our times). A seasoned player, KP has shared the following life lessons on his blog:

    1. Never address a police officer as “sport”

    2. White men (speaking as one myself) should never, ever (a) wear baseball hats backwards (and, incidentally, unless you’re in a softball team, have skin cancer, or are under six years old, it’s probably a bad idea to wear them forwards, too) (b) do the “fist-bump” (or any other kind of “soul” greeting) and (c) dance to any kind of music (especially at weddings)

    3. If you hang out, on purpose, at a “Chuck-E-Cheese” restaurant by yourself and you’re over 18, you will eventually be arrested.

    4. You should never take your shirt off at the opera.

    5. A hospital emergency room is probably not the best place to break out that jar of marinated herring you’ve been longing to try.

    6. While most dogs like to be petted, they do not like to be shaved (the same rule applies to my friend Chuck Redd)

    7. The term “drive-through window” should not be taken literally.

    8. Despite the many times you try to casually work it into your conversations, the word “Nipples” will never be accepted as an appropriate nickname by your wife.

    9. When one wants to express one’s overall delight to the guy in the next seat while exiting a funny movie or play, the proper expression is NOT: “I laughed so hard, I think I just shat in your pants!”

    10. Important business meetings should not be interrupted by a “spontaneous” performance of “KP’s Puppet Theatre”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groyniad
    well - don't blame me - that was rather good
    You're talking about the video in post no. 99! :
    Last edited by destinytot; 06-26-2017 at 09:16 AM.

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    Check out the playing of Agostino Di Giorgio (with whom Pasquale studied) in this great clip - especially 4m25 to 7m05:

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    I was just tipped off that Pasquale Grasso is on Zaid Nasser's new album 'The Stroller', released last Friday.

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    The same friend has also just hipped me to 'Wail' by the Fat Bros Quintet. I had no idea this existed. It's on iTunes if you search for "Fat Bros"

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    To those that might not know it but Pasquale runs the jam at Mezzrow on Monday nights almost every week. So can get a dose of Grasso for free either at Mezzrow or on the Smalls Live Stream.

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    With the new recordings, I just hope people have figured out how to record his guitar so it doesn't sound like a shitty bootleg.

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    At a jam session last month.


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    His Trenier sounds like a piano.

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    Bassist Jamale Davis has his second album coming out this October. The first video from the recording session just dropped on Facebook.

    Last edited by David B; 09-17-2017 at 04:27 PM.

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    Can I just say, that for a while I thought the guitar wasn't the instrument i wanted to play. It doesn't have the harmonic capabilities of a piano nor the articulation of a horn.

    Grasso has completely changed my opinion.

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    Saw a Facebook post by Matt Pierson stating he was recording Grasso in a solo guitar setting with his Trenier and Fender combo amp at Sear Sound. Hopefully this will be a great sound recording compared to previous attempts. I saw a video camera present as well so perhaps this is an instructional session instead of a new solo album. Lots of Bud was mentioned

    Edit: The video camera was documenting the sessions as new recordings will be released later this year.
    Last edited by Ovader; 02-04-2018 at 12:04 PM.

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    I missed a March 1st FB post by Matt Pierson stating with a selfie with Grasso that this is day three of recording solo Pasquale. Lotsa Monk today.