After years of supporting other illustrious jazz musicians, Larry Grenadier has finally made his solo bass debut with The Gleaners, out on ECM now.
Grenadier, who’s played with the likes of Bobby Hutcherson and Betty Carter, dug deep for this record. “The process for making this record began with a look inward,” he wrote in the liner notes, per ECM. “An excavation into the core elements of who I am as a bass player. It was a search for a center of sound and timbre, for the threads of harmony and rhythm that formulate the crux of a musical identity.”
Though The Gleaners is undoubtedly personal, Grenadier did invite others into the process: The album features songs written by his wife, the singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin, as well as two short bagatelles by guitarist and frequent collaborator Wolfgang Muthspiel.
Stream the record here: