Steve Grossman

Bouncing with Mr. A.T.

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Although early in his career tenor saxophonist Steve Grossman showed off the strong influence of John Coltrane (particularly when he was in Elvin Jones' group), by the time he recorded Bouncing With Mr. A.T. in 1989 he sounded very close to Sonny Rollins. Showcased in a pianoless trio with bassist Tyler Mitchell and drummer Art Taylor, Grossman shows that he is quite capable of playing lengthy improvisations that never lose one's interest. Often building his solos from the melodies of the pieces, Grossman thoughtfully comes up with one fresh idea after another, performing music that is unpredictable but ultimately logical. Even though his sound is not his own, this is one of the finest all-round recordings of Grossman's career.

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