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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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    Fabulous.

  4. #53
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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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  6. #55

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Small View Post
    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/

    Man you are killing me. It is hard to resist this offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by destinytot View Post
    Remarkable group, with Pasquale Grasso playing like a pianist. (Interesting strings the bassist uses... great sound.)
    Beautifully fluid, I was also mesmerised my his spaghettiesque fingers. What a beautiful player.


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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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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzMuzak View Post
    Hey Adam! Thanks so much for this lesson! This is too good

    Would you happen to know what sort of pick he uses?
    I think he doesn't use a pick.

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    Why do you say that? He is using a pick.

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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 sjl View Post
    Why do you say that? He is using a pick.
    I was thinking of his solo performances, where I think he doesn't. In the previous video you're right he does, though!
    Last edited by Fidelcaster; 04-27-2016 at 05:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonray View Post
    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 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Small View Post
    I just asked Pasquale and he told me that he used a D'Andrea Pro Plec 358 Small Round Teardrop Pick in the video.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzMuzak View Post
    Sorry, but you're mistaken. He always uses a pick and fingers unless he's playing a classical guitar.
    I only noticed the classical posture of his right hand and completely failed to notice that he was holding a pick!

    Thanks for your input though.
    What do you mean?

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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 View Post
    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):

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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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    Just fantastic.
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    Last edited by David B; 07-11-2016 at 04:50 PM.

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    Awesome...

    It looks like the volume and the tone knob are on the tailpiece.

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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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  27. #76
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    Forza, Pasquale! Falli impazzire col tuo 'bebop'!
    Last edited by destinytot; 07-29-2016 at 09:27 AM. Reason: Correction

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    Quote Originally Posted by destinytot View Post
    Forza, Pasquale! Falli impazzire col tuo 'bebop'!
    It's a difficult language, sorry!

  29. #78
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidelcaster View Post
    It's a difficult language, sorry!
    Not that difficult - and that was a slip (not an error).

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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 View Post
    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 docbop View Post
    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.
    Mezzrow clip= Tatum, and brilliantly played...

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    Question? Why are guitar players so bloody obsessed with gear?


    Ain't gonna do squat to make you play. It sort of makes me roll my eyes.

    C. Sharpe's horn was held together by rubber bands and spit. Pasquale would sound like Pasquale on a cigar box with string because he's Pasquale Grasso.

    I remember an interview with Jimmy Raney in Guitar Player years ago where he almost wigged out on the guy for asking about gear, not music (GP was a trade zine, to be fair). He told a story about a guy in SF talking about 'guitar this' and 'guitar that'. Like to drive him buggers. Finally he told the interviewer "Look, the guitar is a fine instrument. It has the qualities of a horn and piano. Now can we please stop talking about it?

    OK, I interjected the last sentence, but knowing Jimmy he would've said that.

    Please guys: Music, not strings, amps, etc. I know you're capable of it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pubylakeg View Post
    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.

    Ari Roland, bass; Keith Balla, drums...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fasstrack View Post
    Question? Why are guitar players so bloody obsessed with gear?


    Ain't gonna do squat to make you play. It sort of makes me roll my eyes.

    C. Sharpe's horn was held together by rubber bands and spit. Pasquale would sound like Pasquale on a cigar box with string because he's Pasquale Grasso.

    I remember an interview with Jimmy Raney in Guitar Player years ago where he almost wigged out on the guy for asking about gear, not music (GP was a trade zine, to be fair). He told a story about a guy in SF talking about 'guitar this' and 'guitar that'. Like to drive him buggers. Finally he told the interviewer "Look, the guitar is a fine instrument. It has the qualities of a horn and piano. Now can we please stop talking about it?

    OK, I interjected the last sentence, but knowing Jimmy he would've said that.

    Please guys: Music, not strings, amps, etc. I know you're capable of it...
    I fear it will be an uphill struggle - just look how many are viewing the Guitars, Amps and Gizmos thread right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop View Post
    I fear it will be an uphill struggle - just look how many are viewing the Guitars, Amps and Gizmos thread right now!
    Sigh. (Insert roll-eyes emoticon here)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groyniad View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by fasstrack View Post
    Question? Why are guitar players so bloody obsessed with gear?
    Please guys: Music, not strings, amps, etc. I know you're capable of it...
    I think the best answer to that is that most guitar players are guys and when you get a bunch of guys together a lot of them will want to talk about gear. Guitar gear, electronics (-smartphones, computers), auto parts, whatever the crowd, a lot of guys in it will want to talk gear.

    (Some guys don't care about gear and some women are just as obsessive about it as some guys, but in general, a group of guys is going to have a good share of gearheads.)


    Additionally, many people who play hours a day aren't looking to talk about it after. They may appreciate some general conversation or the chance to lend a helping hand to a player with less knowledge / experience, but they aren't here to talk about what they themselves did today in the practice room, or last night on the gig (-unless something unusual happened).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes View Post
    I think the best answer to that is that most guitar players are guys and when you get a bunch of guys together a lot of them will want to talk about gear. Guitar gear, electronics (-smartphones, computers), auto parts...
    You left out girls.

    Maybe if we all got laid more often....

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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 http://www.pasqualegrasso.comThe 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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    PG appears on the new Chris Byars “The Music of Frank Strozier” released this month and there is a CD Release Party at Smalls on January 28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ovader View Post
    PG appears on the new Chris Byars “The Music of Frank Strozier” released this month and there is a CD Release Party at Smalls on January 28.
    Strozier's been one of my fave alto players since the mid 70s. I just finished a big band arr. of a contrafact I wrote based on one of his recordings, that I'm having performed tomorrow.

    Strozier never recorded with a guitarist, so it should be interesting to hear how they wrote for PG in the ensemble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David B View Post
    I like his tone with this guitar!

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