Danny Grissett is definitely one of today's most exciting and respected pianists. The go-to keyboard man for the likes of Tom Harrell, Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffey and others Grissett also finds time to lead his own groups and is a composer of considerable merit. A rare artist who grips and holds attention, Grissett handles the classics of the American songbook with an aplomb equal to the way he deals with the rather complex structures of his own intricate compositions. A gifted improviser with splendid technique, the pianist can also offer warmth and affection in melodic lines, the balance of fine taste, pungent swing and a jubilant approach inevitably generating audience cheer. For his first recording as a leader for Savant, Grissett and company offer a varied and interesting set-list which mixes jazz standards and some of the pianist's own compositions.
DANNY GRISSETT, piano, Fender Rhodes • Dayna Stephens, saxophones • Vicente Archer, bass • Bill Stewart, drums
TRACKS: Woody'n You • Lament for Bobby • Prelude to a Kiss • Gallop's Gallop • Renatus • Just Enough • A Friend Indeed • Digital Big Foot • Detour Ahead
A Friend Indeed