Peter Primamore – Grancia (2006)
Peter Primamore – Grancia (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:42 minutes | Scans included | 3,35 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,16 GB
Grancia integrates traditional orchestral instruments including violin, viola, cello, harp, and woodwinds with a jazz / rock rhythm section and ethnic percussion.The music has been described as: elegant, sensual, cinematic, visual, richly arranged, multilayered and complex but very accessible. It incorporates formal structures but has lots of room for improvising and solos. The Grancia band includes 13 players from different musical disciplines – an unconventional, top shelf ensemble. Grancia was recorded with the whole band live in the studio, with no click track, no samples, and with overdubs kept to a minimum. It is an audiophile quality recording, captured with a combination of ultra-high quality digital and analog techniques. Grancia was conceived from its inception as a surround sound project and is presented as a hybrid SACD.
Peter Primamore’s background is in TV and movie soundtracks, a fact which is pretty obvious on Grancia, his debut album as a named bandleader. Fronting a band that includes bassist Tony Levin, drummer Jerry Marotta (yes, that’s Peter Gabriel’s rhythm section), guitarist Chieli Minucci, a string section and assorted other players, Primamore has done something that you wouldn’t necessarily think was possible — he’s created an album of sweetly melodic, classically-inflected instrumental pop music that remains effortlessly accessible throughout but somehow avoids both neo-romantic treacle and simplistically mystical new agey-ness. Granted, the various tracks do sort of run together a bit as you listen, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing — after all, you could say the same thing about a whole album of Vivaldi violin concertos. What’s interesting is that Primamore’s music is most powerful when he’s not trying to rock out. The pentatonic melodies and open harmonies of the mid-tempo “Silver Stones” pack far more of a wallop than the much more rhythmically driven but paradoxically wimpy “Free Western” or “Russia Through Your Eyes,” a number that sounds like it’s trying to fly but never quite gets off the ground. Even those tracks, though, are quite enjoyable and the album as a whole is a pleasure.
01. Silver Stones
03. Crossing Over
04. Mill Walk
05. Broken Promise
06. The Book of Erin Flowers
07. Free Western
09. Winter in Paris
10. I’m Sorry
11. Russia Through Your Eyes
12. Lullaby / Elegy
Peter Primamore – acoustic and electric piano
Chieli Minucci – electric and acoustic guitars
Tony Levin – bass
Jerry Marotta – drums
Antoine Silverman – violin
Shane Shanahan – percussion
Charles Pillow – oboe, English horn, flute, clarinet
Tim Moran – alto flute, bass clarinet, flute, clarinet
David Eggar – cello
Lorenza Ponce – violin
Jonathan Dinklage – viola, violin
Carol Emmanuel – harp
Larry Chernicoff – vibes, glockenspiel, percussion
Produced by Larry Chernicoff and Peter Primamore.
Recorded May 27-31, 2005 at Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, N.Y. by Paul Antonell and Rich Tozzoli.