Episode 14 for Contrabass Conversations features the final part of our interview with John Grillo and a double bass recording from jazz artist Terry Plumeri. Enjoy!
CBC 14 show notes
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This episode features Part 3 of our interview with double bassist John Grillo. You can listen to the previous two installments of this interview plus John’s recital showcase in the archives of Contrabass Conversations. Click here for all episodes featuring John.
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Today’s episode will feature the final part of our interview with double bassist John Grillo. John was on episodes 6 and 9 of the show, and he was also featured on our first recital showcase episode.
Today you will also hear some tracks of John playing orchestral excerpts. I think that this is an interesting way of highlighting another facet of John’s playing. You’ve heard a lot of John’s solo work over the past few episodes, and you can now get an opportunity to hear a player of his caliber execute some orchestral excerpts.
Before the interview you will hear the double bass solo from Verdi’s opera Otello. We bassists get to play some very tense and dramatic music in a soli section during the final act of this opera, and you will get a chance to hear John play this. After the interview, you will get to hear John play another famous bass soli section from the opening of Mahler’s Second Symphony.
After hearing John today, we’ll read some listener feedback and hear music from double bassist and conductor Terry Plumeri.
Music from Terry Plumeri
Today we will also be featuring a recording of the tune Footprints from bassist and composer Terry Plumeri from his album Blue in Green. This album also features David Goldblatt on piano and Joe La Barbera on drums. Terry plays the head for each of these tunes with the bow as well as his solos, and I think you all will really enjoy it.
I’d like to thank David Bell and GMMC records for allowing the use of this track.
Terry Plumeri has just completed recording the 4th, 5th and 6th symphonies of Tchaikovsky as conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic for a fall 2006 release on the GMMC CD label. In the past, Terry’s recordings with the Moscow Philharmonic of his original compositions have received such words of praise from Fanfare Magazine as, “These well-prepared composer-conducted performances and recordings are both technically and esthetically stunning. The emotional curve of Plumeri’s music has a dramatic inevitability that carries the listener along without questioning and leaves him fully gratified, very much like the best of Tchaikovsky’s efforts.” The Washington Post has said of these recordings, “Plumeri conducts the Moscow Philharmonic in a performance sensitive to the music’s smallest nuances.”
Terry’s innovative style of bowing jazz solos on the acoustic bass has garnered comments like “Stunning’a very high level of music” from the Washington Post. “Terry Plumeri’s bowed bass work is endlessly compelling” from allaboutjazz.com. “Extraordinary bowing facility” from Jazz Improv Magazine. In speaking about his latest jazz release Blue In Green, Jazz Improv Magazine has said “The performances and solo improvisations on the parts of Terry Plumeri on bass, David Goldblatt on piano and Joe La Barbera on drums are outstanding. Blue In Green is an album bubbling with creativity, interactivity, magnificent improvisations, and the combined experience, sensitivity, and desire of three consummate musicians performing eight essential pieces from the jazz and standard repertoire. Go and listen.”
While on scholarship to Manhattan School of Music in
During the past 15 years he has written the music to 55 feature films, which includes the score to the award winning crime story One False Move, which has recently been added to the “New York Times List of the 1000 Best Films Ever Made”. His score for One False Move was nominated for Best Score by the IFP Spirit Awards.
Terry’s lectures on music have been heard at the Smithsonian Institute, Georgetown University, Maryland Art Institute and
Terry has played with such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Les McCann, Yusef Lateef, John Abercrombie and Woody Herman. Notable performances include Carniegie Hall/
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Feedback from Glenn Gordon and David Bell closes the episode.