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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Enrico Granafei, on first listen, will be categorized as a modern-day Toots Thielemans, as he emphasizes the chromatic harmonica and acoustic guitar. Playing a mix of jazz standards and Brazilian tunes will lend further comparison to the Belgian multi-instrumentalist. The difference is that Granafei is playing both the harmonica and acoustic guitar at once, not overdubbed -- repeat, no overdubs! The key is that the chromatic harmonica, which heretofore could only be played with two hands in order to manipulate the button that changes the harmonic pitch of the instrument, has been modified so that the bottom lip can shift the reeds to play sharps and flats. Aside from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Enrico Granafei, on first listen, will be categorized as a modern-day Toots Thielemans, as he emphasizes the chromatic harmonica and acoustic guitar. Playing a mix of jazz standards and Brazilian tunes will lend further comparison to the Belgian multi-instrumentalist. The difference is that Granafei is playing both the harmonica and acoustic guitar at once, not overdubbed -- repeat, no overdubs! The key is that the chromatic harmonica, which heretofore could only be played with two hands in order to manipulate the button that changes the harmonic pitch of the instrument, has been modified so that the bottom lip can shift the reeds to play sharps and flats. Aside from the innovative technical aspects Granafei brings to the table, he also presents some very pleasing music. The samba and bossa nova numbers are classics like "Meditation," "The Shadow of Your Smile," a heartstrings tugger version of "Only Trust Your Heart" interprets the especially tricky melody of "Wave," and offers the lesser known "Calabrossa," where Granafei sings in Portuguese. In all instances, he plays the melody on harmonica, uses spare chords on the guitar, and adds deft basslines. He does a spirited "Autumn Leaves," a fairly standard "Out of Nowhere," a fast "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" with his singing priming an impressive harmonica solo, and does a lovely take of the Hank Jones tune on its way to becoming a standard, "Favors." His facility on all three dimensions of melody, harmony, and rhythm is most pronounced on a fine take of the 12-bar "Bag's Groove." Impressive and soulful, romantic without being dreamy, never ever cheesy, and undoubtedly remarkable, this is only a beginning for Granafei. One can only wonder what he might do outside covers and mainstream standard fare.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Miles High Records
  • UPC: 725543860323
  • Catalog Number: 8603

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out of Nowhere (3:59)
  2. 2 Meditation (5:13)
  3. 3 Autumn Leaves (4:52)
  4. 4 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (2:19)
  5. 5 Only Trust Your Heart (3:46)
  6. 6 Bag's Groove (3:09)
  7. 7 The Shadow of Your Smile (4:34)
  8. 8 Wave (5:30)
  9. 9 Favors (4:52)
  10. 10 Calabrossa (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Enrico Granafei Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ted Curson Author
Stanley Jordan Author
Bucky Pizzarelli Author
Gene Bertoncini Author
Johnny Green Composer
Horace Ott Author
Christopher Drukker Art Direction
Lewis Porter Author
Verne Smith Author
Enrico Granafei Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Mastering
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