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Pasquale Grasso, When I Fall in Love ****

Now signed to Sony Music Masterworks, Pasquale Grasso's beautiful version of Victor Young's 'When I Fall in Love' from Solo Ballads entering deep, deep Oscar Moore territory is streaming expanding on last year's Solo Standards the first of a …

Published: 28 Mar 2021. Updated: 25 days.

Now signed to Sony Music Masterworks, Pasquale Grasso's beautiful version of Victor Young's 'When I Fall in Love' from Solo Ballads entering deep, deep Oscar Moore territory is streaming expanding on last year's Solo Standards the first of a tripartite release blueprint tipping into next year. The success of his approach rests on the deft sense of emphasis Grasso delivers right up to the door of the melody and then steps over the threshold as if he has lived inside for ever. It is not blood and guts. It's from an intimate place, a rococo flourish or two kept in reserve but not at all flashy or an interference with the hidden sweet mystery in the flow. In other words he caresses the melody and his harmonic resource seems infinite. Grasso grew up in Ariano Irpino in Campania. Taking up the guitar at a very young age later he attended the Bologna conservatoire. In New York he gigs with bassist Ari Roland. (Thoughts of Dave Green for an inkling of the Roland sound a UK jazz-mainstream fan may drift over towards.)

Deep into Oscar Moore territory check mo' Moore on 'Dinner for One' and then this fine Sunday the clocks may have gone forward but take yourself to classic Nat and back to complete the effect, this time with vocals to further inhabit the song and ingest the Edward Heyman lyrics we all know and lap up. Move your lips, mouth along: you'll find the syllables without even thinking to pause. The words are immortally there. 'When I Fall in Love' by Pasquale Grasso is on Spotify

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Black Top Presents: Hamid Drake, Elaine Mitchener, William Parker, Orphy Robinson, Pat Thomas, Some Good News ****

A superb heavyweight meeting of intergenerational UK and US avant gardists. Vocal improviser Elaine Mitchener's contribution is a fine imagistic, percussive presence set in rivulets of polyrhythms. Recorded in Dalston's Cafe Oto on the last Sunday …

Published: 27 Mar 2021. Updated: 26 days.

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A superb heavyweight meeting of intergenerational UK and US avant gardists. Vocal improviser Elaine Mitchener's contribution is a fine imagistic, percussive presence set in rivulets of polyrhythms. Recorded in Dalston's Cafe Oto on the last Sunday of July in 2019 there is a lightness to Some Good News and the open architecture contributed massively by Hamid Drake early on lays firm foundations. When William Parker comes to the fore the scene has been set perfectly. One of the best avant garde releases so far this year settle in for a perfect Saturday morning listen. The music has reinvented itself once again. And regardless of aspirations and understandable wishful thinking what is achieved sounds actually spawned as in and of the moment.

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