What I Hear Now
Veteran jazz drummer/composer Jerry Granelli has long been a major presence on the East Coast music scene. A truly versatile musician, he was part of the Californian free jazz and psychedelia scenes of the '60s, has played with Sly Stone and Vince Guaraldi, and has recorded over 20 albums as a leader and/or soloist. On his new album as a bandleader, What I Hear Now, he serves up adventurous and free-spirited jazz, ably abetted by his combo, The Jerry Granelli Trio +3, featuring Canadian sax great Mike Murley. There's a suitably funky groove to "The Swamp", "Walter White" breaks good, not bad, and "Another Place" is a mellow treat. Definitely a Juno nomination contender. the album shows that, on the cusp of 75, Granelli remains a vital force.