Archive for September 15th, 2019

Maurizio Grondona Group – Looking at the Sea

The Maurizio Grondona Group moves, since its beginnings, in the musical area of ​​the refined soul jazz language through sounds enriched and personalized by the marked artistic sensibility of the versatile singer, guitarist and composer from Bari Maurizio Grondona. His musical research is the result of inspiration and continuous comparison with the most valid performers on the international scene, and the sound produced by the Pugliese band is capable of combining the lesson of jazz (Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny) with originality and affable naturalness, the suggestions of soul (Al Jarreau, George Benson), with the evolution of black music (Robert Glasper) and the influences of funk and rap (The Roots, J Dilla).

The obvious chiaroscuro fusion of their compositions also reveal the most original, and Italian, figure of the Maurizio Grondona Group style, namely the ability to absorb the typical jazz styles to blend them harmoniously with the most elegant and warm sound atmospheres with a more typically Mediterranean flavor. A nuance this, more passionate and seductive, linked to the birthplace of the project and desired, sought after and obtained since their first debut album (“On my road”, 1987), whose melodic alchemy made use of the sax of the Neapolitan James Senese. The Pugliese musical project constantly looking for sound, expressive, compositional innovations, and wants to be the result of a melting pot in which our musical traditions open up, embrace and push towards beats and sounds more typically American and cosmopolitan.

The Maurizio Grondona Group, with nine recording recordings and important audience experiences such as the recent tour of Los Angeles (the only European musical project invited) to the Thursday Night Vibe: a successful musical event that weekly hosts on its stage artists of the caliber of Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr. etc., in addition to the Los Angeles Indie-Music / Film International Summit (LA-IMIS) which represents one of the most important events of the American music system. The Maurizio Grondona Group is now steadily using Paolo Iannattone on Rhodes piano and keyboards, Nicky Belviso on bass and Giuseppe Grondona on drums. Numerous national and international musicians have supported the musical project of Maurizio Grondona, in addition to the well-known saxophonist James Senese who collaborated on his debut album and lastly Annabel Williams, vocal coach of Amy Winehouse, and Andrew Mckinney, bassist of James Taylor Quartet, who participated in his latest album (“In my hands”, 2010).

Looking at the Sea is the latest soulful album three years after All In Me, featuring Dave Browning on keys and piccolo bass. The Maurizio Grondona Group: Maurizio Grondona guitars, Nicky Belviso bass, Giuseppe Grondona drums. Get the album at CDBaby.