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    amazing player with outerwordly good technique. Very impressive indeed.

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    There is a long thread about him and his brother on another sites heres some of the other videos from that thread.

    As a kid with his brother


    Good close up of his hand work



    The brothers together later in New York



    More solo PG



    PG with his new guitar




    There is quite a bit of PG and his brother is you search around.

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    I see from Facebook that Pasquale Grasso has a solo guitar recording, 'Reflections of Me', coming out this week.

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    I've watched in fascination at this guys mind boggling technique. It's clear he knows the Bebop vocabulary backwards too.

    Another clip, so you can marvel at the combination of a vintage Gibson ES-150 and Samick practice amp.


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    Yeah, he's ok....Wow! . New player to me. He has a few videos on YT and apparently a new CD coming out.

    As I struggle to keep up with Pasquale without slow down software, I hear a few things in his playing. First of all, likely classical technique. Indeed, he has a video of him performing Villa Lobos Etudes. I have not listened yet, but certainly I will next. I'm listening to him playing in a quintet setting with two saxes, drums, bass playing "lester leaps in" superbly using a pick. Great rhythm player as well. Sounds like a major talent to me. Vola, Pasquale!

    Apart from a pefect knowledge of the fretboard and chordal harmony, I think the "secret" to Paquale's speed and beautiful solo melodic playing is his use of classical i-m-a picking. Much of his beautiful solo speedy melodic runs come as descending movements using m-a and i-m-a style pulloffs. This guy makes me want to give in and get Transcribe. His lines are fast but guitaristic. Fabulous swinging playing. The Dary - Grasso quintet. Listening to Perdido now. Wonderful music and the joint is dancing and swinging. One of the sax players is likely his brother and plays his derriere off.

    This is where we should go back to if we want jazz to survive as popular music. Get the limbs moving and the hormones racing.
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    Apparently he is playing this Sunday night at that club Mezzrow in the Big Apple. Solo guitar. I read up on his web site. Talent to watch blaze a trail.
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    Awesome guitarist, he obviously is a well rounded player and is impeccably clean. Some great double stops. This tune had a bit too much of fast scale runs for my taste but whatever - I love watching his left hand!

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    Man, that guy is not only good but he has the most stretchable left hand I have ever seen. I have big hands and he can reach 2 frets father than me at mid neck. And he is so confident and unperturbed.

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    Yea, I was looking at his hands too. I have smallish hands, and I was thinking his pinky is seriously as long as my middle finger. lol

    I love that in spite of having chops to spare, he still sounds musical to my ears. Honestly, this cat is bad.

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    Did you listen to the quintet songs? He does an excellent job at comping. And his brother(s) are no slouches either.

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    I recognized one or two of those chords.

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    I bought his album couple days ago. He is a great player. Amazing technique. I didn't like his tone (his tone control must be at 0).

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    very impressive technique
    HB
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    Here's a new video posted recently...



    What a great player!

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    I found that Pasquale Grasso is on this 2013 quartet recording under his brother Luigi's leadership:

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    It's on Spotify. Link: http://open.spotify.com/album/14BZsvoT6GWmJqYnx0WrD8

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    Hey, Grasso is good. It's like watching Gene Bertoncini and listening to Tal Farlow at the same time...know what I mean? He sounds TF-bop-ish, to me. The runs and reaches remind me of Tal when he was that age. The technique--applied to jazz--is like GB...monumentally good classical chops.

    The risk for a guy like Grasso is that he will get lambasted by the same critics that slagged folks like Oscar Peterson or Wynton Marsalis. When somebody comes along who has prodigious classical chops they get labelled as having no "feeling" or no "soul." Peterson labored under that charge his entire career.

    Meanwhile, Grasso sounds quite good, to me, on the "Yesterdays" clip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zdub
    Awesome guitarist, he obviously is a well rounded player and is impeccably clean. Some great double stops. This tune had a bit too much of fast scale runs for my taste but whatever - I love watching his left hand!
    yeah his left hand is a music machine !
    his pinky is so strong ... incredable
    and his brother on alto ... wow

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    Grasso is scary technically ! Just saw the video posted above (in the "thunk" thread) and he killed it !

    I didn't know he is as skillful on classical guitar too ... omg ... lol



    So not only has he a machine like left hand, but his right hand is phenomenal too, from classical rest strokes to playing with a pick near the neck pu with the elbow floating ... ouch ! What a technical beast !



    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone
    The risk for a guy like Grasso is that he will get lambasted by the same critics that slagged folks like Oscar Peterson or Wynton Marsalis. When somebody comes along who has prodigious classical chops they get labelled as having no "feeling" or no "soul." Peterson labored under that charge his entire career.
    I understand there could be lots of jealousy around him.

    I used to think that Sylvain Luc is the most advanced player technically ( and anyway to me he is my fav, idea and taste wise) but Grasso is a true phenomenon.

    Like Julian Lage, i guess it takes a whole childhood on guitar and hours of daily practise.

    Somehow, i'm glad i'm already 50 yo and never thought i myself as a jazz guitarist, i would be worried, lol !

    But this is a good lesson. whoever one encounters, whatever level, the point is to stick to one's hearty path and stay true to music.

    In spite of Gillespie, thank god, we had Miles ...
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    I've just recently discovered this guy and am obsessed with his approach....Does anybody have any insight into his technique or approach?

    So far I've discovered:

    + He uses a lot of the Barry Harris method for comping

    + He uses "Chuck Wayne Picking" (What is this apart from sweeping or economy picking?)

    + He studied with one of Chuck Wayne's disciples

    + He studied classical guitar

    I'm just floored by how articulate and smooth everything is. His playing is like a Saxophone and Piano combined. I'm just wondering if at this point in my development it would even be worth it to work towards playing and learning his sort of concepts. It might sort of be like reinventing the wheel.

    I guess I'd have to worry about finding somebody that could show me the Chuck Wayne approach to things first..certainly nobody around my parts plays like this.

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    Grasso just uploaded a new video to YouTube - a burning run through Monk's 'Hackensack'. The video gives a good look at his left hand fingerings.


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    A new studio release from Chris Byars' group with Pasquale Grasso:

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    Thanks to Targuit for the heads-up on a new Pasquale Grasso video:


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    Another video, uploaded today:


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    In his teens:


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    Love the spice and sauce of Dan's lines as much as the intricacy of Pasquale's - but Pasquale's double-time from 6m49... !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David B
    Grasso just uploaded a new video to YouTube - a burning run through Monk's 'Hackensack'. The video gives a good look at his left hand fingerings.


    He is an heir to Joe Pass, a very worthy one at that! The beauty of his playing is that he just does everything so well. Phrasing, fidelity to a melody and classic jazz harmonies. Martin Taylor must chuckle when he hears this video of Pasquale.

    Nice guitar sound to me. Signature.

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    Couple of observations meant in no way to defile Pasquale's ginormous talent and technique. I just took a spin at this song playing on my classical along with Pasquale. What I say here should be heard as simply my opinion.

    Apart from Pasquale being the best I ever heard at doing this song in this manner, it is doable. Though I would s-l-o-w it down about 20% with a Transcribe software or that type of thing. I should spring for it, though someone I know might squelch the deal right now. Don't misconstrue that comment. I believe that anything as articulated flawlessly at breakneck tempo can be heard and comprehended much better at a slower tempo. You can hear the artistry and subtleties of technique so much easier. Then, of course, you could take years to play it with the élan of Pasquale.

    I plead ignorance - I don't know this tune. But playing along here to this jump bebop blues song in F, my impression is that Pasquale is adhering to a melody, either in his head or 'the' melody of the song impeccably harmonized in a horn like manner, all executed at a breakneck tempo. Fabulous playing. Flawless.

    I'm going to have to go to the original source of this Monk tune. But to pull off what Pasquale has achieved here would seem to be masterful musicianship. And he does it on ever song. And that he and his brothers did this after some pasta and wine dinner at home blows my mind. The whole family is musical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targuit
    He is an heir to Joe Pass, a very worthy one at that! The beauty of his playing is that he just does everything so well. Phrasing, fidelity to a melody and classic jazz harmonies. Martin Taylor must chuckle when he hears this video of Pasquale.

    Nice guitar sound to me. Signature.
    For me, it's the specific 'bebop' heritage that makes Pasquale's playing so special - solo playing drawn from guitar and​ piano. Other brands exist...I think he's in a league of his own.

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    If you haven't been following the MMC thread in the 'Players' section, Grasso recently recorded a video for www.mymusicmasterclass.com - it'll be released in a few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Small
    It will probably be a few months since we have so many videos in the queue right now, but it may be possible to push it out a little earlier...we'll see. He covers some great warm-ups/technical exercises, voicings, Barry Harris piano style stuff, solo playing, legato concepts and a bit more. It's gonna be cool!
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    This is getting to be so old hat. Yet another fantastic performance by Pasquale. (Yawn...) Technically unbelievably good. E un paisano, of course. Bravo, Pasquale! Like Mike said - in a league of his own. Scary good.


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    Pasquale is an extra-ordinary musician, even by the stratospheric standards of today's young hot-housed college players.

    But let's be clear:

    - Parker invented these lines;

    - Joe Pass copied them from Parker by ear and "on the streets" (Joe states this himself);

    - Pasquale studied them with teachers in and out of college.

    I am 1000% certain Parker would not be playing like this if he were 25 years old today; I'm 99% certain that Joe wouldn't either.

    The question in my mind is - "what would they be doing?".

    Parker was an innovator, not because he thought it was cool to be an innovator; but because this style (never before heard) was part of his chemistry - he didn't "develop" his style, unlike, say, Coltrane or Miles, whose development as artists is clear from their recorded work.

    Joe Pass was not an innovator at all musically, despite his greatness as a guitarist.

    And this music is obviously not innovatory either; but music doesn't have to innovate all the time, does it.

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    A new video from Grasso, uploaded last night.
    A medley of 'Glass Enclosure' / 'Sure Thing' / I've Never Been in Love Before'


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    Hey Grasso, your classical is showing! I just love his playing man

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    this sort of music is great to play and it's an important aspect to learning jazz but come on, throw that conservative idealogy out the window, we don't need more wynton's around pretending like it's 1958, to me that sort of playing is gimmicky and meaningless

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    Remarkable group, with Pasquale Grasso playing like a pianist. (Interesting strings the bassist uses... great sound.)

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    I dig his way. I don't have nothing but respect for those who want to build from tradition.
    Today We can find several guitarists who claim about a departure from the past but they sound all the same.
    I heard more individuality in Grasso's playing than in those "innovators".
    He is so young and sure He will build his personality in the future, step by step. If He can play Bud Powell with a guitar he has no limits.

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    Grasso has just been gigging in Italy and France over the last fortnight (if I hadn't been committed to another gig, I'd have travelled to see Pasquale and Luigi Grasso play in Paris on Sunday).

    Here's Grasso playing 'Don't Blame Me' last Friday:


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    He's amazing solo, but I find it more satisfying to hear him with a group.

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    Hey All,

    Just figured I'd let you know that Pasquale's masterclass series is finally finished and ready for primetime! I'm not going to officially announce it until Monday (on the site, social media, etc.), but I figured I'd give you all a heads-up since it was you (jazzguitar.be users in another thread) that requested I film this series after all. And thanks for the recommendation BTW . Pasquale is a monster musician, great teacher and a super cool guy. Hope you all dig it.

    Part 1 - https://www.mymusicmasterclass.com/p...itar-lesson-1/

    Part 2 - https://www.mymusicmasterclass.com/p...itar-lesson-2/

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    Hey Adam! Thanks so much for this lesson! This is too good

    Would you happen to know what sort of pick he uses?

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    Looks like a 358 size teardrop.

    Who knows what gauge.

    Could be a Pro Plec , but doesn't sound like one to me......but def a 358 shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonray
    Looks like a 358 size teardrop.

    Who knows what gauge.

    Could be a Pro Plec , but doesn't sound like one to me......but def a 358 shape.
    thanks for that! I didn't catch that in the videos but I'll go back and look more closely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fidelcaster
    I was thinking of his solo performances, where I think he doesn't. In the previous video you're right he does, though!
    Sorry, but you're mistaken. He always uses a pick and fingers unless he's playing a classical guitar. Thanks for your input though.

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    I just asked Pasquale and he told me that he used a D'Andrea Pro Plec 358 Small Round Teardrop Pick in the video.

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    Does anybody know of any recordings or videos of Pasquale playing a rhythm changes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Small
    I just asked Pasquale and he told me that he used a D'Andrea Pro Plec 358 Small Round Teardrop Pick in the video.
    Pasquale's teacher was Agostino Di Giorgio, a student of Chuck Wayne and Chuck used that same brand/size pick.

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    Bit of a gem here (pure bebop solo from 1min mark):