A sparkling pianist as well as a fine budding composer, Danny Grissett's star has been on the rise lately and he's a favorite accompanist to a growing body of leaders including trumpeters Jim Rotondi, Jeremy Pelt, and Tom Harrell.
He returns for his third Criss Cross release and moves beyond the trio format to feature tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, trombonist Steve Davis and newcomer Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet.
Grissett puts his stamp on all the material including updates on Herbie Hancock's King Cobra, and Monk's Ugly Beauty.
His originals are also cut from a regal cloth of originality, with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Kendrick Scott responsive to the pianist's every move.
|1.||King Cobra (Herbie Hancock) 9:22|
|2.||Heard's Word (Danny Grissett) 8:09|
|3.||Without You (Danny Grissett) 9:43|
|4.||Let's Face The Music And Dance (Irving Berlin) 7:44|
|5.||Distant (Danny Grissett) 7:40|
|6.||Ugly Beauty (Thelonious Monk) 7:16|
|7.||Are We There Yet? (Danny Grissett) 10:03|
Total Time: 60:00
Recorded December 13, 2008 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Ross