“The Gleaners” ECM (Available February 22, 2019)

February, 2019 JAZZIZ

2/9/19: SOMETHING ELSE “Perhaps being acutely aware that this project would reveal more about the creative talent of himself than anything he’s ever done before, Larry Grenadier obviously invested a lot of thought into it, from choosing which of his musical heroes to honor to portraying each song in such a way that gets his essence across in the spirit of the song. I sense that essence, one of someone who’s elevated himself above ‘bass player’ to ‘complete artist.’“

2/14/19 Audiophile Audition “This solo bass record surpasses End to End, as good as it is, in every regard and is the best chance for a solo bass record to reach out to an audience beyond bassists and ECM aficionados. This is the 2019 releases by Larry Grenadier entitled The Gleaners. “

2/22/19 Jazziz Magazine “One Man Alone: Consummate Sideman Larry Grenadier Takes the Lead on His First Solo Bass Recording.”

2/22/19 All Music “While solo double bass records are usually meant for a very specific group of listeners, The Gleaners proves an exception. It is so sensitive, creative, and stylistically diverse that it presents perhaps the first real opportunity for such a recording to engage an audience beyond the standard confines of aficionados and other musicians. The Gleaners is an inner exploration articulated with uncommon generosity, disciplined artistry, and a poet’s gift for illumination.”

3/14/19 The New York Times. “A leading jazz bassist since the 1990s, when he was a member of Brad Mehldau’s watershed trio, Larry Grenadier recently put out his first solo-bass recording, “The Gleaners.”  The album feels like a peek into a private world, as if you’re discovering the poems of a great writer who was known only for his essays. (In actuality, it’s inspired by film: specifically, Agnes Varda’s famed documentary about potato harvesters, “The Gleaners and I.”) For much of the record Grenadier focuses on arco playing, showing great range: He can use the bow to create spritzed, lively rhythms or a luminous, slow immersion. Abstraction would seem inherent to a solo-jazz-bass performance, but there’s nothing dreamlike about this album; his sound is as direct and powerful as it is elegant.”