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Tom Grant — Delicioso

Oct. 9, 2010

The quietly prolific and ever-competent contemporary jazz pianist Tom Grant has been cranking out the ’80s, and I personally have enjoyed tracking this artist since first discovering his music back then. Always providing some of the best in palatable and alluring melodies with the intricacies of a well-played instrument, the pianist has melded the combination of talent and material time and again. Here with his latest, Delicioso, he delves into the diversity of contemporary jazz from a perspective near and far.

Grant provides lightness, brightness, spirit, and perception to his array of tunes here.  If you like your jazz with a fancy touch of this and a funky dab of that, he should have you covered here.  From the opening track, “Luxurium,” a sexy, funky, kinda slinky little number with a very catchy hook and melody to light and very bouncy up-tempo tunes like “Cute New Car” to the clever, mid-tempo yet hard-driving and gritty blues-based piece “Whistling in the Dark” to sweet and mellow love tracks with serenading, sexy vocals (like those provided by Shelly Rudolph on “A Language Of Our Own”), this album roams a lot of turf, and I’ve only covered a bit.

Among others, there is still the interesting and melodically enticing track “Lizard Lounge,” the Brazilian-laced title track, the classical “Dancing Heart” (for those seeking that slight detour for a change), “Enamorata,” the mesmerizing Latin charmer with vocals again by Shelly Randolph, and my fav, the beautiful “Breathing In The Love,” a journey to and caress of the innermost places of one’s soul. I get it.

Grant’s romance with diversity here is quite effective, and he does a wonderful job of displaying it fully and unabashedly.  Delicioso…it’s just that.   – Ronald Jackson