Since Brad Mehldau founded his trio in 1995, Larry Grenadier has been part of it, first with Jorge Rossy as drummer for ten years, since then with Jeff Ballard. Growing up in a musical family in San Francisco, he experienced Ray Brown up close in 1978 as a 12-year-old boy ? and switched from electric to double bass. Already in his college years he played with Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Farmer, Johnny Coles, Frank Morgan and Toots Thielemans. At eighteen, he was on stage with Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and soon with Charles Lloyd and Paul Motian ? all of them in San Francisco because bassists were less numerous there than in New York, as Larry expresses himself in his modesty. He studied literature ? He learned jazz with and from the greats. In 1989 he went to Gary Burton and came to Europe for the first time with him and Wolfgang Muthspiel in 1990. Since then Larry has recorded many albums, often with guitarists: Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Bernstein, John Scofield, most recently with Biréli Lagrène. He recorded four albums with Wolfgang Muthspiel, two quintets and two trios ? one with Brian Blade, the other with Andy Scherrer.
In 2019, ECM released "The Gleaners," Larry's first solo album. "The album breathes from the spirit of history while exuding the haunting scent of the present. The Arco pieces, often bowed in a deep bass belly, are classically lyrical in beauty, with the fast-paced "Vineland" a virtuoso masterpiece and "My Man "s Gone Now" brilliant exceptions. The fact that the songs, played pizzicato, largely do without groove and the music is almost without overdubs, proves the class of these bassists. A sensual album" (JAZZ "N "MORE 2/19). Last year Larry brought pianist Ethan Iverson together with legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette, with whom he had worked several times before. As a result, "Every Note Is True", a highly inspired album, has just been released on Blue Note. Iverson's title also applies to Larry Grenadier in particular.
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