CD Young at Heart [Grant Stewart] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 1167791),
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Young at Heart [Grant Stewart] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Young at Heart
    2. You're My Thrill
    3. Roll On
    4. Shades of Jackie Mac
    5. Repetition
    6. Serenade to Sweden
    7. Modinha
    8. Jet Stream
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1041

  • Credits
    ProducerMarc Edelman
    EngineerJoe Marciano

    Personnel: Grant Stewart (tenor saxophone); Tardo Hammer (piano); Peter Washington (bass guitar); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Joe Marciano.
    Liner Note Author: Marcus Myers.
    Recording information: Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (10/29/2007).
    Photographer: John Abbott .
    Grant Stewart's second release for Sharp Nine is a solid effort, featuring the big-toned tenor saxophonist accompanied by some of the regulars for the label, including pianist Tardo Hammer, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. Part of the fun is the leader's interest in lesser known tunes, such as the whirlwind performance ofDuke Ellington's "Serenade to Sweden" (debuted in 1939 and played sporadically until the end of the composer's career) and Elmo Hope's twisting bop vehicle "Roll On." He throws a curve by beginning the ballad "Young at Heart" in a majestic though low-key manner, then turning it into a mid-tempo cooker with great backing by Hammer. His tribute to the late alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, "Tribute to Jackie Mac," is a deliberately obvious reworking of the changes to "Sweet Georgia Brown," though he spices it up with references to Miles Davis' "Dig" and the changes to John Coltrane's "Giant Steps." His lush setting of the bossa nova "Modinha" in a heartfelt performance is another example of his maturity as an artist. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On YOUNG AT HEART, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart most often channels Dexter Gordon..."
    JazzTimes (p.112) - "The title song opens the album and provides a preview -- Stewart's fleet, bop-inspired runs over a rhythm section that stays out of his path."
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