Jerry Granelli V16 - The V16 Project





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Total download size: 2.30GB Total play length: 57:35

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“Since the early 1960s, percussionist Granelli has worked with an amazing array of musicians, including Ornette Coleman and Sly Stone. At the end of the decade he played free music on bills with Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, which sealed his taste for certain guitar sounds…Boundary crossing is to be expected from a musician who admires both Squarepusher and Max Roach, but Granelli’s blend is grounded at a deeper level, in discerning awareness of the properties and character of sounds, alone and in combination. The string players share his awareness. Far from simply elaborating themes and riffs, their improvisations spin out deliberately textured webs of contrasting or complementary sound qualities.”

—Julian Cowley, The Wire



The V16 Project is Jerry Granelli’s latest sonic adventure. It features a two-guitar frontline and diverse approach – jazz improvisation, blues-rock-funk fusion, freeform jamming, sampled soundscapes and more – making it equally at home in both jazz and avant-rock bins, at jazz festivals and jamband venues. Highlighting the superb interplay of famous slide virtuoso Tronzo, lyrical German guitar ace Kogel (from Jerry’s band UFB), and versatile bassist Cox, the group hones its style on a surprising range of material. There are drummerless acoustic improvs, Kogel’s trancey bossa nova, Jerry’s waltz-to-freetime-to-Latin Mr. Wong suite, a psych-tinged, freegrass flavoured extended cover of the old standard “Temptation,” and several varieties of soul jazz by Cox. Expect the unexpected: as Granelli comments in his note, “The heart of the band is risk, not knowing, curiosity and nowness.”

Halifax-based percussionist-composer Jerry Granelli grew up in San Francisco where he studied with Joe Morello and drummed for pianists Denny Zeitlin and Vince Guaraldi (he’s on A Charlie Brown Christmas on Fantasy and the Charlie Brown TV soundtracks). He pioneered world jazz fusion and electro-acoustic percussion during the 60’s hippie era, established the music department at the Naropa Institute in Boulder in ’76, and has had a continuous teaching career since then in Boulder, Seattle, Halifax and Berlin. In the early ’80s he performed and recorded in a trio with Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock for ECM. He has recorded as a leader for Evidence, Intuition, ITM, Koch, Love Slave and other labels, and performed and recorded with longtime musical associates Mose Allison, Jay Clayton, Jane Ira Bloom, Glen Moore, Anthony Cox, Dave Friedman, and Jamie Saft, as well as projects with Bill Frisell, Robben Ford, Julian Priester, Charlie Haden, Kenny Garrett, and DJ Stinkin’ Rich. His previous two-guitar quartet, UFB, toured extensively and recorded two CDs for Intuition in the mid-90s.

Granelli inspires admiration for his effortless swing and inventiveness and his constant search for new means of expression: two years ago he released a CD of duets for reeds and sound sculpture created specially for his use (Iron Sky). He is also the subject of In the Moment, an hour-long documentary for VisionTV and CBC-TV. Jazz Times magazine has called him “one of those uncategorizable veteran percussionists who’s done it all.” With this latest release he shows there’s still a lot more to come. Granelli burns with an intensity fuelled by a passion for “the pursuit of the spirit of spontaneity.”


1. Temptation
2. O Bossa, Where Art Thou
3. Lunch with Mr. Wong? Leaving Mr. Wong's
4. Acoustic Trio
5. Acoustic Duo
6. Cassius
7. Hobo Comedies
8. Family Man
9. Walk By
10. Mutator
11. Good Wheat
12. Texas Oklahoma Conspiracy
13. Black Confederacy

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