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Danny Grissett

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Danny Grissett


Originally from Los Angeles, California, pianist/composer Danny Grissett is a relatively new addition to the New York jazz scene. He started playing the piano at age five, and began studying classically when he turned six. Danny continued his classical training through high school and college, earning his B.A. in Music Education in 1998, while developing a love for jazz along the way. He further explored his love for jazz in graduate school, earning his M.F.A in Jazz Performance from Cal Arts in 2000, and completing studies at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute in 2001. There he studied with jazz masters such as Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath and Carl Allen....
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“...he plays with an effortless brilliance that distinguishes him as one of the top three young pianists on the contemporary scene...”


~ All Music Guide

“...exquisite...Promise is easily one of the best jazz debuts of 2006, and should rank high on any self-respecting list of the great jazz releases of the year.”



.... “it’s a risky decision to make your debut recording in a trio setting, but pianist Danny Grissett need not worry -- he deserves nothing but acclaim for this set, one of the best maiden voyages that I have heard in years.” [About PROMISE (Criss Cross-2006)] ...by C. Andrew Hovan, AAJ.

“Grissett's Promise, fulfills its title affirmatively. It's an album that can be returned to again and again, rewarding the listener with new layers of enjoyment.”


~ Hot House Magazine


~~ FORM ~~
Danny Grissett
Record Label: Criss Cross
Release Date: May 19, 2009
Recorded: December 13, 2008 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Ross.
Personnel: Danny Grissett - Piano; Vicente Archer - Bass; Kendrick Scott - Drums; Ambrose Akinmusire - Trumpet; Seamus Blake - Tenor Sax; Steve Davis - Trombone.
Tracks: 1. King Cobra (Herbie Hancock), 2. Heard's Word (Danny Grissett), 3. Without You (Danny Grissett), 4. Let's Face The Music And Dance (Irving Berlin), 5. Distant (Danny Grissett), 6. Ugly Beauty (Thelonious Monk), 7. Are We There Yet? (Danny Grissett)
~~ ENCOUNTERS ~~
Danny Grissett
Record Label: Criss Cross
Release Date: February 18, 2008
Recorded: April 2, 2007 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman.
Personnel: Danny Grissett - Piano; Vicente Archer - Bass; Kendrick Scott - Drums.
Tracks: 1. Hopscotch (Danny Grissett), 2. Waltz For Billy (Danny Grissett), 3. The New beginning (Danny Grissett), 4. Encounters (Danny Grissett), 5. Toy Tune (Wayne Shorter), 6. Sunrise (Danny Grissett), 7. It Could Happen To You (Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen), 8. Never Let Me Go (Evans/Livingstone), 9. Git! (Danny Grissett).

~~ PROMISE ~~
Danny Grissett
Label: Criss Cross
Release Date: May 15, 2006
Recorded: December 4, 2005 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman
Personnel: Danny Grissett - Piano; Vicente Archer - Bass; Kendrick Scott - Drums.
Tracks: 1. Moment's Notice (John Coltrane), 2. Autumn Nocturne (J. Myrow), 3. Promise (Danny Grissett), 4. Where Do We Go From Here? (Danny Grissett), 5. Cambridge Place (Danny Grissett), 6. You Must Believe In Spring (Ivan Lins), 7. On The Edge (Danny Grissett), 8. Everything Happens To Me (Matt Dennis/Tom Adair), 9. Eleventh Hour (Mulgrew Miller).

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