Phil Grenadier

Sweet Transients

Fresh Sound New Talent

Seamus Blake (ts, w-ch), Ethan Iverson (p), Larry Grenadier, Doug Weiss (b), Bill Stewart (d)

Reference: FSNT-093

Bar code: 84 27328 42093 8

Trumpeter Phil Grenadiers debut CD is a natural outgrowth of his busy and varied career in San Francisco, New York and Boston. As a sideman on some 15 CDs, here is Phil Grenadiers chance to step into the spotlight.

Grenadiers concept was to produce a spontaneous recording of a wide ranging program of originals, reworked classics and even a Beck tune, that showcase the magic that can occur when musicians with amazing ears and instincts are allowed to play-as in have fun.

01. Sweet Transients (P.Grenadier)
02. Alone Together
03. Portrait In Black & White
04. Emma
05. Ma Belle Helene
06. Cali Mist
07. Derelict (B. Hansen)
08. Lonely Woman
09. Neferatti

Album details

Recorded in New York City, 2000

Press reviews

"Trumpeter Phil Genadier is the brother of bassist Larry Grenadier, and this may well be his debut album as a leader (I can't trace any previous releases). If so, it is a strong calling card, with an excellent band playing a well-chosen range of material, ranging from a version of the familiar standard 'Alone together' to Beck Hansen's 'Derelict'. It also takes in compositions by Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Wheeler, Anonio carlos Jobim and a joint improvisation along the way.

The trumpeter's own title track makes a powerful openning statement, setting up an energised momentum which they succeed in maintaining through the changing moodsof the rest of the disc. Don't be fooled by the jokey sleeve pictures which show half the band holding the wrong instruments - he is joined by saxophonist Seamus Blake, pianist Ethen Iverson, his brother on bass (with the excepetion of 'Derelict', where Doug Weiss does the honours), and the propulsive drumming of Bill Stewart."

Kenny Mathieson -Jazzwise Magazine (UK)


"Sweet Transients est le premier disque en leader de Phil Grenadier. Ses sidemen se sont déjà illustrés en tant que leaders ou en accompagnant des musiciens connus (Brad Mehldau pour Larry Grenadier et Pat Metheny pour Bill Stewart, par exemple).

Le morceau-titre qui lance lalbum est la seule composition originale. Ce morceau nous donne une bonne idée du son, relativement classique, de Phil Grenadier, qui mélange tendresse et angularité à bon effet. Les huit autres chansons varient du standard (Alone Together, Portrait in Black & White), à la reprise pop (Derelict, du musicien Beck), à la free improv (Cali Mist) tranquille.

Alors que le son et le style de Phil Grenadier restent relativement bien définis tout au long de lalbum, celui de Seamus Blake montre plus de diversité, passant dun son sec à un son avec plus de souffle, changeant de feeling au gré des chansons. Le pianiste Ethan Iverson fait étalage dun jeu très intéressant et retenu, autant en accompagnateur quen solo. Bill Stewart et Larry Grenadier sont déjà connus comme étant de très bons instrumentistes, et le montrent encore une fois ici.

Se détachent du lot le duo fraternel trompette-basse sur Lonely Woman, où le jeu de Larry touche au sublime. Remarquable aussi, Ma Belle Hélène de Kenny Wheeler, où se crée une vraie interaction de groupe pendant le solo de piano. En somme, cet album est solide, un bon début. Sil ne se rend pas indispensable, il est tout de même le bienvenu."

- Mwanji Ezana


$12.45  (tax incl.)

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