Darrell Grant

Truth And Reconciliation

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Bob Karlovits, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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This two-CD album has a curious event it calls a "reprise." The first disc by this marvelous pianist and an equally strong group ends with a version of Sting's "King of Pain" that sounds unfinished. The second disc begins with more "King of Pain." It seems like a runover on a newspaper story. Really, a little editing could have produced one version that would have been fine, thanks. But that is a minor oddity on this delightful album. It is made up of mostly originals by Grant, a pianist who was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Denver. It includes a good version of "The Way You Look Tonight," "I Shall Believe" by Sheryl Crow, "Algo Bueno" by Dizzy Gillespie and "Tight" by Betty Carter. The strength of the album is made up by a band consisting of Grant, guitarists Bill Frisell and Adam Rogers, bassist John Patitucci, saxophonist Steve Wilson, drummer Brian Blade and vibist Joe Locke. It also includes spoken passages by Mohandas Gandhi, presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy and Grant himself. These add a philosophical touch to the album, but are badly recorded when sometimes they need not be. Kennedy's words, for instance, are used on Oliver Nelson's "A Kennedy Dream" and are much clearer.






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