Grant's Firefly from the collection Midnight Groove - The
Art of Smooth Jazz was the first song, which draw my attention to
Smooth Jazz in 1998. 12 years later I look at Tom's fantastic
discography and his creativity makes me
speechless. Meanwhile my national anthem is Angels Crossing
from his album Edge Of The World, but who knows what kind of
magic he creates next.
Now I have the answer.
His new album is entitled Delicioso and as the title signals,
we can await some really delicious treats. To support his mission Tom
assembled a power team with Marion McClain, Dan Faehnle (guitars) and
several more musicians. Let's taste it!
Luxurium can be described as
luxury at a premium level. The starting song has that quantum of
elegance and high definition we enjoy with great pleasure. Paul
Mazzio's muted trumpet and Tom Grant's glittering piano line set the
The uplifting tune Cute New Car
has just the right twist for the proud driver. Some tricky piano play,
groovy synths and funny drum programming enlightens listeners heart.
Are you scared? Whistling In The
Dark may help you. Great horns, Renato Caranto on splendid sax and
above all top-notch pianist Tom Grant, who is aware of the ultimate
recipe against fear.
Language Of Our Own is an
awesome ballade featuring singer Shelly Rudolph in a fine arrangement.
"When Shelly Rudolph sings, you can smell the smoke" is the headline
of her website. I smell a lovely floral perfume.
With Delicioso Grant offers some delicious Spanish food. The
swinging Bossa Nova features Dan Balmer's dreamy guitar chords and
Grant's easy treat of the keys. Some more steps into the Brazilian
music with Nature Walk enriched with some sound gimmicks.
The Dog Park surprises with a great range of technical jingles.
Overall you feel the fun and happiness of the musicians. Escape
Into Dreamland shows more of Tom Grant's lyrical approach to fine
melodies comparable with artists like Jim Brickman or Dan Siegel, but
this time a little defamiliarized with some oriental elements.
Dancing Heart has a classical attitude unfolding the piano as
solo instrument in its full range. The love ballad Enamorata features
wonderful singer Shelly Rudolph. Not only an invitation to fall in
love with the longing person but with Tom Grant's appealing music.
The cozy Breathing In The Love
casts waves of love and affection on the audience. Heidi's Song
is Tom's dedication to his daughter. Originally recorded on his album
In My Wildest Dreams (1992) it re-appeared on his album
Reprise (2001) to change anew the style into a shorter solo piano
piece on his new album. A tune of timeless beauty.
How can I attribute Tom Grant's new
album? I wanna grow old with your music. If you are a piano lover,
this one is a must for your collection. Worth the wait, colorful,
blessed, brilliant. Tom's impeccable artistry truly shines on this CD.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Tom Grant
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Nu-Wrinkle Records
01 Luxurium [5:21]
02 Cute New Car [4:18]
03 Whistling In The Dark [4:21]
04 Language Of Our Own [4:54]
05 Lizard Lounge [5:41]
06 Delicioso [5:20]
07 Nature Walk [4:35]
08 The Dog Park [5:19]
09 Escape Into Dreamland [3:59]
10 Dancing Heart [3:35]
11 Enamorata [3:55]
12 Breathing In The Love [5:13]
13 Heidi's Song [4:38]
Mystified (1976), You
Hardly Know Me (1980), Tom Grant (1983), Heart of
the City (1984), Just The Right Moment (1985),
Take Me to Your Dream ( 1986), Night Charade (1987),
Mango Tango (1988), Edge of the World (1990),
In My Wildest Dreams (1992), The View From Here
(1993), Hands (1994), Instinct (1995), Have
Yourself a Merry Little... (1996), Lip Service
(1997), Tune It In (2000), Reprise (2001),
Santa Claus Is Going To Town (2001), Solo Piano
(2003), Nice Work If You Can Get It (2004), Side By
Side(2005) Winter Warm (2007), Life Is Good
(2008), Delicioso (2010).