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    He's going to play solo Monk?!

    If I could hear anything in the world it would be him playing solo Monk

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    I just noticed Pasquale Grasso appears on yet another Chris Byars album "New York City Jazz" on the Steeplechase label. It was released this past January but recorded in December 2016. I have a wireless keyboard and can't copy/paste a link but it is easy to locate to get more details on the album. I like how PASQUALE GRASSO is listed amongst the list of musicians on the album in upper case letters while the others are not

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    Quote Originally Posted by David B
    Wow! Not sure how anyone could listen to that and not be blown away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ovader
    I just noticed Pasquale Grasso appears on yet another Chris Byars album "New York City Jazz" on the Steeplechase label. It was released this past January but recorded in December 2016. I have a wireless keyboard and can't copy/paste a link but it is easy to locate to get more details on the album. I like how PASQUALE GRASSO is listed amongst the list of musicians on the album in upper case letters while the others are not
    Thanks for the heads-up on that. Listening now on Spotify. Sounds like the same performances that appear earlier in this thread, with the band sat in a circle.

    Last edited by David B; 03-23-2018 at 10:29 AM.

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    I have to admit I like that solo playing SO MUCH more than the Sextet. It begs the question (easy to answer for myself, I know. But you guys are my jazz buds and I trust your opinions), are there solo guitar recordings I should get and listen to?

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    I'm blown away by it, from a technical standpoint...his mastery of the instrument and his concept are waaaay out there, like I'd say few come close, really.

    From a musical standpoint, I get the same vibe as I do from Joe pass' virtuoso records. It's fine for a few minutes, but then my ears need a break.

    Now that clip of him just playing at Trenier''s shop is lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlrhett
    I have to admit I like that solo playing SO MUCH more than the Sextet. It begs the question (easy to answer for myself, I know. But you guys are my jazz buds and I trust your opinions), are there solo guitar recordings I should get and listen to?
    Pasquale has a solo record out ‘Reflections of Me’, you can get it in from iTunes, Amazon etc. Must admit I have not got it because it sounds a bit ‘busy’ for my taste, also the guitar sound is a bit hard or at least there’s something about the sound that puts me off for some reason.

    As it happens I’ve been searching out solo jazz guitar stuff recently (apart from the obvious Joe Pass or Martin Taylor stuff, already got some of those). Those I liked and purchased were:
    Mimi Fox - Perpetually Hip (2 CDs, one is solo), Standards
    Andy Brown - Soloist
    Peter Bernstein - Solo Guitar (live at Smalls)
    Howard Alden - My Shining Hour.

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    The thing I like most about Pasquale is his harmony. Not just the beautiful movement, but the old school romantic flavor. Sometimes reminds me of the string intros on old Sinatra etc or wih strings albums. I’d like to see him chill out with the virtuoso type runs as well, though. I think he will. I’d like to see him go in the direction of the above video in the shop. Talk about romantic! It’s too bad about the recording quality on reflections. Really looking forward to the nww album

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe2758
    The thing I like most about Pasquale is his harmony. Not just the beautiful movement, but the old school romantic flavor. Sometimes reminds me of the string intros on old Sinatra etc or wih strings albums. I’d like to see him chill out with the virtuoso type runs as well, though. I think he will. I’d like to see him go in the direction of the above video in the shop. Talk about romantic! It’s too bad about the recording quality on reflections. Really looking forward to the nww album
    Yes I like his playing and sound on that video in the shop. If his solo CD had sounded more like that, I would probably have got it. There’s something unpleasant in the recording of that CD, almost sounds like two out-of-phase mics were used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlrhett
    It begs the question (easy to answer for myself, I know. But you guys are my jazz buds and I trust your opinions), are there solo guitar recordings I should get and listen to?
    Pasquale has the aforementioned 'Reflections of Me' and some additional streaming live tracks on his website.

    Other solo guitar records I like:
    Peter Leitch - 'Self Portrait'
    Howard Alden - 'My Shining Hour'
    Johnny Smith - 'The Man with the Blue Guitar'
    Jonathan Kreisberg - 'One'
    Nelson Veras - 'Solo Session vol.1'

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    Just discovered this on youtube:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ovader
    I'm waiting for a response from Matt Pierson for an update about these recording sessions but if anybody here has any news please share.
    The first set, 'Standards, volume 1' is out on 28 June. Digital only. Pre-order links and info to come online this week.

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    Pasquale has developed a unique style which incorporates pianistic phrasing.
    So glad to see him getting the recognition he deserves.

    The Bryant Trenier “Pasquale Grasso Model “ was specifically designed and voiced for Pasquale’s style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman
    The Bryant Trenier “Pasquale Grasso Model “ was specifically designed and voiced for Pasquale’s style.
    In the new OVER THE RAINBOW video I noticed he replaced the C.C. style pickup with a PAF styled HB on his Trenier model.

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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?
    Over two years later... I listened to Byars' Two Fives, The Music of Frank Strozier and New York City Jazz to state these are professionally recorded sessions so go ahead and indulge!

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    By the way, the sound on Pasquale’s latest solo ‘digital EP’ albums (Solo Standards and Solo Ballads) is much, much better than on the ‘Reflections of Me’ solo CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    By the way, the sound on Pasquale’s latest solo ‘digital EP’ albums (Solo Standards and Solo Ballads) is much, much better than on the ‘Reflections of Me’ solo CD.
    Yes I have heard those EPs and knew that Grasso would be properly recorded when I first saw a post by Matt Pierson in February 2018 about the sessions.
    Last edited by Ovader; 09-28-2019 at 11:09 AM.

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    Great stuff!

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    I'd wish Barry would post more of this clinic on his Ytube channel. I really enjoy both of these musicians.

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    Liked Barry's tone and feel on this!

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    Anyone know if Pasquale Grasso is using flats or rounds in his new "Solo Masterpieces" album? Love his tone and of course, his playing.
    If someone even knows what brand and gauge too, that would be great.

    Thanks

  30. #129

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    La Bella

    14, 18, 27, 32, 42, 52

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    It would take far more than the strings to have me sound like Grasso. He is the jazz guitarist that comes closest to Art Tatum - and we all know how virtuose Tatum was.

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    Sony Masterworks posted this today about the forthcoming 10 track album with a total of 31:14 minutes playing time due on May 15. Pre-order Pasquale Grasso's new EP "Solo Bud Powell" & watch the video for his new single "Glass Enclosure" here: https://pasqualegrasso.lnk.to/SoloBudPowell
    Last edited by Ovader; 05-02-2020 at 12:41 AM.

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    I could not find any posts about these videos on this forum. The two videos originated from this event on December 2, 2019.
    Here are the two videos:
    Peter Bernstein and Pasquale Grasso burn brightly on a Bebop tune.
    Peter Bernstein and Pasquale Grasso play Tadd Dameron’s “On A Misty Night.”

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    very good, interesting that many of the newer generation dont have much blues in their playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ovader View Post
    ... & watch the video for his new single "Glass Enclosure" here: https://pasqualegrasso.lnk.to/SoloBudPowell
    I read this on producer Matt Pierson's FB account about this particular composition and its origin.

    Six months after his release from a mental institution, Bud Powell spent all of his time locked in an East Side high-rise by his legal guardian and then manager of Birdland, Oscar Goodstein. It was there that he composed his most ambitious piece of music “Glass Enclosure.” His entrapment acted as a guarantee for performance. "They wanted to be sure he'd appear [at the club], so they took complete control of his life," Alfred Lion, of Blue Note Records, recalled years later. "One day Oscar gave me the key and I went up. There was a piano there and [Powell] played me some new things. One piece really stood out. I asked him what he called it. He looked around the apartment and said, 'Glass Enclosure.’" The song was later recorded for Blue Note in 1953 with George Duvivier on bass and Art Taylor on drums.

    Serendipitously, Pasquale Grasso latched on to a particular tune and the story behind it, as many around the globe are facing their own enclosures in the days of physical and social distancing. "I believe that 'Glass Enclosure' is the song that taught all pianists to understand the use of modern harmony and counterpoint in jazz. Bud wrote this while in isolation in a hotel following his release from a sanitarium. It's hard to hear this piece and not connect with this feeling, given what we've all been going through recently. On a musical level, this one presented a particular challenge on guitar, pushing the boundaries of what can be played on the instrument in terms of independence of both hands and the top and bottom strings of the instrument."
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    I found out a short time ago that Sony Masterworks is planning to record a trio session in June for the next PG project. No idea who will participate and of course the recording schedule can easily change due to the current pandemic.

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    Peter Bernstein and Pasquale Grasso just played a set together this evening at Smalls.

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    Setlist and timings:
    17:47 Ray's Idea (Ray Brown)
    27:50 If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin)
    42:45 Daahoud (Clifford Brown)
    52:47 Reflections (Thelonious Monk)
    1:02:25 Off Minor (Thelonious Monk)
    1:12:38 Con Alma (Dizzy Gillespie)
    1:21:12 Three Little Words (Harry Ruby/Bert Kalmar)
    Last edited by David B; 10-30-2020 at 05:06 PM.

  38. #137

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    He has it all: tone, technique and ideas. Master musician. Play live . . . Marinero

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    Quote Originally Posted by David B
    Peter Bernstein and Pasquale Grasso just played a set together this evening at Smalls.

    Video here:

    Look forward to checking this when I get a chance

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    A September 2020 interview with Pasquale Grasso by Brian Pace.


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    Interesting that Pasquale uses a footstool in the Smalls video. I guess that comes from his classical guitar background (although he is using it on his right leg).

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    A beautiful player. A beautiful person. Cant miss.
    I love Pasquale. He respects those who came before him. He will garner the same respect long after he is gone.
    Joe D

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    "Not that there's anything particularly good about my technique..." he says in the interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    Interesting that Pasquale uses a footstool in the Smalls video. I guess that comes from his classical guitar background (although he is using it on his right leg).
    Hi, G,
    There is much to be said for Classical study as a preliminary or in conjunction with any style of guitar performance. The discipline, technique, and methodology give disciples a clear advantage in overall technical performance as well as introducing them to musical nuance, pacing, and a wealth of the greatest music ever written in the world. I had a long hiatus from the guitar during my "saxophone years" but when I returned, it was full throttle Classical Guitar study. Today, almost 30 years later, I see the impact its made on my reawakened Jazz/R@B playing and in total performance. Today, I consider myself a hybrid player although 100% of my paid gigs(seems a distant past since Corona) are Classical. I, also, play with a footstool ,however, it's the left leg. The interesting thing about Pasquale, for me, is that although he is a consummate musician, his playing today will continue to mature and grow with age. Kudos again to a fine musician. Play live . . . Marinero

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    Yes I started out with classical guitar lessons from age 12 to 18 and it has definitely benefited my technique for playing any style on the guitar. Also it meant that I learned to read from the start.

    I still play classical, in fact I’m doing it a lot more recently.

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    I remember the OP for this thread, "Destinytot." He was a soft-spoken but passionate and fiery soul, and was a player and a good singer. I wonder how he is doing these days? I think he got into a tussle with someone and got himself banned.

    Ah well, his thread goes on and there is some great performances in it that I am still enjoying over and over.
    Last edited by AlsoRan; 11-02-2020 at 11:45 PM.

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    Great thread !

    David B, good to meet you here...

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    Pasquale Grasso leading a quartet at Small's on 13 September 2020:


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    PG was just on the Robert Colbert show accompanying a female singer I never heard of (Nina Bernani?) doing "Don't Worry 'Bout Me", live from Michael Feinstein's club, Below 54, in NYC.

    She featured him playing solo guitar for one chorus, which was flawless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgcim
    PG was just on the Robert Colbert show accompanying a female singer I never heard of (Nina Bernani?) doing "Don't Worry 'Bout Me", live from Michael Feinstein's club, Below 54, in NYC.

    She featured him playing solo guitar for one chorus, which was flawless.

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    Lovely jubbly