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Don Grolnick: “Hearts and Numbers”
featuring Michael Brecker

(Art of Life AL1042-2)

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Don Grolnick: "Hearts and Numbers - featuring Michael Brecker"

Don Grolnick: piano, synthesizer, fender rhodes
Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone
Hiram Bullock: guitar
Clifford Carter: synthesizer programming
Peter Erskine: drums, cymbals
Steve Jordan: drums
Tom Kennedy: acoustic bass
Will Lee: bass
Bob Mann: guitar
Marcus Miller: bass
Jeff Mironov: guitar

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Pointing at the Moon
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More Pointing
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Pools
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Regrets
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The Four Sleepers
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Human Bites
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Act Natural
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Hearts and Numbers
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Art of Life Records is pleased to present the CD reissue of pianist and composer Don Grolnick's first solo album, "Hearts and Numbers - featuring Michael Brecker", which was originally recorded and released in 1985 on Hip Pocket Records and has been out of print for over twenty years. Featuring saxophonist Michael Brecker, guitarist Hiram Bullock, synthesizer programmer Clifford Carter, drummer Peter Erskine, drummer Steve Jordan, bassist Tom Kennedy, bassist Will Lee, guitarist Bob Mann, bassist Marcus Miller and guitarist Jeff Mironov. The album features some of Don's finest compositions including "Pointing at the Moon", "Pools", "The Four Sleepers" and "Hearts and Numbers". All songs are composed and arranged by Don Grolnick. 24-bit digital mastering by Paul G. Kohler at Art of Life Studios in Ridgeland, South Carolina in November 2010.

Don Grolnick was a subtle and rather underrated pianist throughout his career but his flexibility and talents were well known to his fellow musicians. Grolnick played in rock bands while a teenager but was always interested in Jazz. He worked in the early fusion group Dreams (1969-1971), the Brecker Brothers (starting in 1975) and in the early '80s with Steps Ahead. He has long been a busy session musician often utilized by pop singers. Don eventually worked on hundreds of recordings with artists like Linda Ronstadt, Steely Dan and Bonnie Raitt. In 1974 he began what was to become a long musical partnership with James Taylor. In the 1980s, Grolnick appeared in many settings including recordings with Joe Farrell, George Benson, Peter Erskine, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Mike Stern and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. Don Grolnick is heard at his best on his 1985 debut, "Hearts and Numbers - featuring Michael Brecker" (remastered and reissued in 2010 on Art of Life Records), and on his two Blue Note albums, which have been reissued as a double-CD set. Don Grolnick was a very talented pianist and composer whose death in 1996 at the age of 48 from cancer was a major loss.

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"Don was my musical mentor, my trusted confidante and my great friend. I turned to him for musical opinions because he had a marvelous ability to listen and determine what made music great. He profoundly influenced the way I listen to, play and write music." - Michael Brecker



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