Grant's new duo CD with fellow guitar virtuoso Ross Martin is now available
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Grant's highly anticipated new duo CD with fellow acoustic guitar virtuoso Ross Martin will be available for download and physical order on November 11.
Year of the Dog features a mixture of original compositions, jazz standards, fiddle tunes and other selections cultivated by two accomplished guitarists with diverse interests and influences. The project is the result of many years of mutual respect and admiration between Ross and Grant, as well as countless hours of jamming, composing and arranging.
Year of the Dog will be available through their bandcamp site on 11.11, and meanwhile you can hear a sneak preview track featured here on The Bluegrass Situation website
After six incredibly fortunate years as guitarist with the legendary David Grisman Quintet/Sextet, I am moving on and focusing on other pursuits. It’s been the highest privilege to find myself playing alongside someone I consider to be a preeminent figure of modern American music, and to cultivate a friendship and musical rapport with a personal hero. Taking part in the lineage of Dawg guitarists that began with Tony Rice, and following in the giant footsteps of TR, John Carlini, Mike Marshall, Mark O’Connor and others gave me huge shoes to fill, as well as a unique and nearly sacred (to me) opportunity to leave my own mark on the canon of Dawg music.
I traveled a lot of miles and shared a lot of beautiful stages with Dawg, Jim Kerwin, Matt Eakle, George Marsh and Mike Barnett and was honored to study the huge book of Dawg tunes -classic and contemporary- up close with these master musicians. The time spent getting to know them all personally and musically as bandmates is an era I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. I feel that I could write volumes on what I learned about music, and the path of playing it, during my tenure in the DGQ.
In my still very new home of New York City, I’m finding lots of new opportunities and projects to be quite excited about, like Mr. Sun (my new band with Darol Anger and Joe Walsh), my guitar duo with Ross Martin, upcoming tours with Karan Casey on the east coast and Rex Preston and Miranda Sykes in England, and lots of other irons in the fire. Things are beginning to stir around a new Grant Gordy record or two in the future as well!
David’s new focus on a more Bay Area-centered lineup will give the DGQ opportunities to rehearse and find cohesion in ways that weren’t possible with my living so far away.
Looking ahead to lots of great music in a bright future, with deep gratitude for the past.
in January 2013 the Grant Gordy Quartet played a “Farwell Colorado” concert at Swallow Hill in Denver, preceding Grant’s move to New York City. It was captured by Colorado Public Radio KUNC, and is available to stream anytime!
The concert features Matt Flinner (mandolin), Billy Contreras (violin), Ian Hutchison (bass) and special guests Mollie O’Brien (vocals), Tom Gershwin (trumpet) and Danny Meyer (tenor saxophone)
A newly published article in Acoustic Guitar Magazine interviews Grant along with Al Petteway, Don Ross, Thomas Leeb, Jim Hurst, Tyler Grant and William Kanesgiser from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet about tips for having a productive practice session on the guitar.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Senior Editor Scott Nygaard has placed Grant Gordy at the top of his personal list of the best 10 albums of 2010. Of Grant’s new CD he says, “The young bluegrass/jazz virtuoso’s debut is an inspired, ambitious, coherent collection of original compositions for string jazz quartet (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass) that ranks with the best of his employer, David Grisman.” High praise from a great publication, and a great guitarist.
Flatpicking phenom Grant Gordy is an emerging voice in the world of contemporary string band music. Gordy started out playing roots and bluegrass, and was eventually drawn to the sounds of jazz, classical, and “Dawg” music—a term used by mandolin legend David “Dawg” Grisman to describe his distinctive blend of bluegrass and Gypsy jazz. Since then, Gordy has dedicated himself to honing his technique and developing an original voice that effortlessly and convincingly merges seemingly unrelated genres of music.
“We conducted a lengthy interview with Grant, in which he talked about his music, how he learned and developed as a guitarist, and how he hooked up with these other young superpickers who appear with him on the album. There is much to emulate in his story for any students of modern string music who hope to follow this same path, and many lessons for musicians of any age or stripe.”
March 5, 2010 - To call what Denver-based guitarist Grant Gordy does with the music he loves, the music his dad turned him on to, the music by the artists who would become his heroes and colleagues - to call it listening would be inaccurate. He hasn't been just listening to it; he absorbs it, digests and dissects it, explores it to the very edge, feels it, knows it. From the gift of an A&L acoustic guitar from his father, a flat-picking guitarist and composer who shared time and technique; through Led Zeppelin rock and Grateful Dead roll; to time in bands, mastering improvisation and other concepts, to loving the blues, bebop, modern jazz, straight-ahead bluegrass and the classics of Bach and Beethoven: What Grant Gordy actually has been doing is continuous study.
A chance meeting in California with Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan launched the endless musical education of banjo player Jayme Stone. His earliest teachers were recordings of banjo greats such as Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck, and he's never stopped looking back at history in order to gain perspective on the instrument. Stone also taken inspiration from different musical styles, languages and cultures all over the world; from his early jazz studies to Brazilian literature and Portuguese folk songs, Stone crafts genre-bending music that recognizes no borders.
In 2007, Stone spent seven weeks in Mali, where he explored the banjo's West African roots. While there, he met and collaborated with kora player Mansa Sissoko, who spent a few months on the road with Stone and his band to promote the resulting record, From Africa to Appalachia.