Grancia

Grancia

by Peter Primamore
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2008
Label:
Blue Apples Music
UPC:
0801963873621
catalogNumber:
1031

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Primamore   Primary Artist,Piano,fender rhodes,Soloist
Tim Moran   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Soloist
Tony Levin   Bass,Soloist
Jerry Marotta   Drums,Soloist
Chieli Minucci   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Lorenza Ponce   Violin
Carol Emanuel   Harp
Antoine Silverman   Violin,Soloist
Charles Pillow   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Soloist
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin,Viola
Shane Shanahan   Percussion,Soloist
Larry Chernicoff   Percussion,Glockenspiel,Vibes
Dave Eggar   Cello

Technical Credits

Paul Antonell   Engineer
Larry Chernicoff   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Graphic Design
Peter Primamore   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration

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