Larry Grenadier: Live Review

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Friday July 05, 2019

From LeDevoir

Grenadier Variations

“He was alone on stage, with his dark wood bass and a lectern on which he had placed his bow and a sheet reminding him of the particular tuning of each piece. Nothing more and nothing less for Larry Grenadier. And in this stripping, a lot of wealth.

Dedicated to his recent solo album The Gleaners, the concert presented late Thursday night by the American bass player (regular Brad Mehldau Trio) called for attentive and thorough listening. Grenadier took pains to thank the public – who held a little over two-thirds of the Gesù – for his “boldness and courage”. As solo bass, at 10:30 pm on a weekday night, it’s not exactly common.

But the public was there for him, to hear The Gleaners and to participate in his way in the scenic transposition of Grenadier’s studio work. The musician said it in an interview: in this type of rare configuration, the role of the spectators is crucial. Listening modulates the colors of the music, accentuates the vibrations of the double bass. The silence is enriched.”

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