CD:Grant Stewart

Thumbnail image for Stewart, Ellington.jpgGrant Stewart Plays The Music of Duke Ellington And Billy Strayhorn (Sharp Nine). If you like the way Sonny Rollins played the tenor saxophone in 1955, you’ll like the way Grant Stewart plays it now. Stewart masters the harmony, phrasing and tone that Rollins applied in Work Time and other albums of his classic Prestige period. The similarity is stunning on “Raincheck” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” but the younger man is not a clone. On ballads including “The Star Crossed Lovers,” Stewart creates new melodies with thoughtfulness and conviction. His rhythmic urgency is compelling even at slow tempos.

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