21 July 2007


RICHARD GROSSMAN TRIO 'WHERE THE SKY ENDED' hi there heres some. shit hot free improvised, piano trio music by one of my favourites, richard grossman , a californian resident who died of cancer in 1992. id describe his pianism as , somewhere stylistically between paul bley and howard riley. this is a trio that worked together on and off for nearly 20 years, and the empathy is stunning.
heres a little bio from the ninewinds website.
Richard Grossman was born in New York City in 1937, and died of lung cancer in Oct, 1992. He grew up in the South, and began playing jazz piano professionally while still in high school in Philadelphia. In the mid-and late '50's, he was part of the now-legendary Philadelphia jazz scene, working with most of the local players, including Lee Morgan, Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Odean Pope, Reggie Workman, and many others. His early piano work had been in the post-bop tradition, but, by the late '50's, he was listening to Ornette Coleman, as well as composers like Schoenberg, Webern, Cage, and the European avant-gardists. In1963, Grossman began working with free improvisation. He led the New Music Quintet in 1964-65, and produced the first Philadelphia concert of free jazz in May, 1965. While jazz-based free piano improvisation remained his basic mode of expression, Grossman had a varied musical career, composing tape and electronic music, playing amplified cello, electric bass, vibes, percussion and electric piano in various new music and free jazz contexts. He also led the rock band, "Duck Soup" from 1972-78 in Philadelphia and San Francisco. After 1978, Grossman lived in Los Angeles, playing concerts of solo piano improvisation, and also working in duo, trio and quartet settings with Vinny Golia, Alex Cline, Ken Filiano, John Carter and many other artists n the Nine Winds Records label. He was featured in several live radio concerts on stations KPFK and KCRW, and gave workshop-lectures and concerts at UCLA,Westmont, and Santa Monica Colleges. He was on the faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, teaching jazz and improvised music and producing concerts. THIS WAS RECORDED LIVE BETWEEN 88 AND 92 ITS A BIT CRUDE(THE SOUND QUALITY) BY HATS PRESENT STANDARDS MORE THAN ADEQUATE THOUGH, IVE RIPPED THIS AT 256KBS MP3

personnel is ---------grossman-pno ken filiano-db alex cline-drums this is similar territory and just as good as, the riley,guy oxley group from the early 70's tracklist is included along with full scans in the 2nd file


sotise said...

part 1) http://rapidshare.com/files/31382889/wt_s_e1.rar
part 2) http://rapidshare.com/files/31389683/w_t_s_e2.rar

sotise said...

part 1) http://rapidshare.com/files/31382889/wt_s_e1.rar

part 2) http://rapidshare.com/files/31389683/w_t_s_e2.rar

Frédito said...

The two Richard Grossmann records on hatOLOGY are among my most cherished of the collection


Boromir said...

I had never heard of Richard Grossman, but it's nice to come across another new artist. I agree that the style is certainly reminiscent of Howard Riley Trio, but with slightly less frentic piano playing than Riley (whom, as I recall used to be unfairly referred to as the poor man's Cecil Taylor). Paul Bley is quite an accurate comparisson. I shall look out for other recordings of his.

kike hurtado said...

Dear Flu'xus

great post this one on Richard Grossman Trio; It's the first time that i hear him;

Excellent improvised music...

best regards, Kike.

Love Letters Journal said...

Hi links dead please upload if possible many thanks