原籍加拿袋多伦多本地人 Grant Stewart 是在有爵士乐悠久传统的硬摆动高音萨克斯手。受到兼职爵士吉他手的父亲的影响而进入爵士，Grant Stewart从小听着这些具传奇萨克斯手查理·帕克，沃德尔灰色，和其他人成长。他十几岁的时候，Grant Stewart已经有和这些艺术家 八拉巴贝拉和鲍勃移 同台的体验，并且在19岁搬到纽约市。自那时起，Grant Stewart曾与知名爵士音乐家，其中包括克拉克·特里，布拉德Mehldau，柯蒂斯富勒，和许多其他一群执行。在他自己，斯图尔特已经发布唱片屈指可数，其中包括1992年的繁华声音，1999年的布恩罗洛，2005年的格兰特·斯图尔特+4，2007年公司在夜的平静，和2009年的戏剧艾灵顿公爵和比利Strayhorn的音乐。
Artist Biography by Matt Collar
Downtown Sounds Toronto native Grant Stewart is a hard-swinging tenor saxophonist steeped in the jazz tradition. Introduced to jazz by his part-time jazz guitarist father, Stewart grew up listening to such legendary saxophonists as Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and others. By his early teens, Stewart had already found performance experience with such artists as Pat La Barbera and Bob Mover, and at age 19 moved to New York City. Since that time, Stewart has performed with a bevy of well-known jazz musicians, including Clark Terry, Brad Mehldau, Curtis Fuller, and many others. On his own, Stewart has released a handful of recordings, including 1992's Downtown Sounds, 1999's Buen Rollo, 2005's Grant Stewart + 4, 2007's In the Still of the Night, and 2009's Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.
featuring GRANT STEWART tenor saxophone, PAUL SIKIVIE bass, PHILIP STEWART drums
Pop/Rock Recording DateNovember 10, 2014
Audio CD (April 28, 2015)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Cellar Live
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
By Owen Cordle
Working with Paul Sikivie on bass and brother Phil Stewart on drums throughout TRIO, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart exhibits a big, direct tone and, in his solos, a knack for motivic development along with strategic melodic reminders of the tune at hand. While the piano-less format may suggest freer, avant-garde-leaning proceedings, Stewart’s approach is as straight-ahead as ever, and save for “Uranus” by Walter Davis Jr. and “Time to Smile” by Freddie Redd, the tunes are well-known standards. Still, Stewart manages to take advantage of the harmonic open air.
The program opens with “Time to Smile” at a medium tempo, wherein Stewart works out with melodic variations and sequences that demonstrate his inventiveness as well as his fidelity to the tune. Sikivie solos with a fat tone and percussive attack, and tenor and drums trade fours. Later in the set we hear an uptempo “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” with all the players locked in sync and cooking. “I’ll Never Be the Same,” one of the album’s three ballads, is easygoing, with Stewart serving up a musing but swinging solo. The medium-tempo “Uranus” offers empathetic, reactive tenor-and-drums interplay.
Originally published in September 2015
1. A Time To Smile 6:51
2. Everything I Love 4:53
3. I'll Never Be The Same 6:58
4. Everything's Coming Up Roses 5:00
5. The Thrill Is Gone - R. Henderson 7:04
6 .This Is New 4:34
7. I Surrender Dear - H. Barris 7:26
8. Uranus 6:22
9. Is That All There Is 5:42