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by The Steve Grover Quartet

"Haiku" is the new CD from award-winning jazz composer and drummer Steve Grover. Inspired by the work of Jack Kerouac and William Carlos Williams, "Haiku" offers twelve distinct instrumental pieces that express a variety of musical perspectives.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The River's Edge
6:38 $0.99
2. The Waters
5:21 $0.99
3. Soup
6:03 $0.99
4. The Ants
5:14 $0.99
5. Waning Moon
6:18 $0.99
6. Enlightenment
6:52 $0.99
7. The Delusion of Existence
6:21 $0.99
8. Haiku
4:18 $0.99
9. Little Birds
6:06 $0.99
10. Mist
5:25 $0.99
11. Repose
6:08 $0.99
12. The Poem
5:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
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"Haiku" is the new CD from award-winning jazz drummer and composer Steve Grover, featuring long-time friends and collaborators Andrew Rathbun on saxophone, Frank Carlberg on piano and Chris Van Voorst Van Beest on bass. “The music on this CD,”, says Grover in the liner notes, “is an attempt to occupy a space between musical structures involving the use of language, and a freer musical language of the moment”. Inspired by the work of Jack Kerouac and William Carlos Williams, Haiku offers twelve distinct pieces that express a variety of musical perspectives, from the urgent, dancing jazz waltz of The River’s Edge, the reflective rubato piece The Waters, the sophisticated jazz ballad The Delusion Of Existence, the up tempo drive of Mist, the swinging Haiku, the art song The Poem, and several other interesting compositions.

Interpreting this music is a group of some of New York’s finest players, who sensitively navigate the twists and turns of each piece, imbuing them with a unique improvisational spirit. Haiku is ultimately about the intersection of Grover’s compositions and his musical cohorts, and the creative, interpretive energy that they collectively make.

"It warrants your full attention…he deserves all the accolades, for the pieces he puts together as well as the musicians out of whom he coaxes great things…perhaps what Grover does best in his compositions is create moments where you can’t imagine anything else going on in the world but that particular instrument being played at that particular time.” - The Portland Phoenix

The Steve Grover Quartet:
Andrew Rathbun, tenor saxophone
Frank Carlberg, piano
Chris Van Voorst Van Beest, bass
Steve Grover, drums

Track listing:

The River’s Edge 6:38
The Waters 5:21
Soup 6:03
The Ants 5:14
Waning Moon 6:18
Enlightenment 6:52
The Delusion Of Existence 6:21
Haiku 4:18
Little Birds 6:06
Mist 5:25
Repose 6:08
The Poem 5:53

All compositions copyright 2014 Young Grover Music all rights reserved
Recorded February 2012 and December 2012 at PBS Studios, Westwood, MA, Peter Kontrimas, engineer
Produced by Steve Grover

Special thanks to the musicians on this project for their great playing and creative input: Andrew Rathbun, Frank Carlberg, and Chris Van Voorst Van Beest. Also thanks to Peter Kontrimas, Paul Lichter, Frank Mauceri, Christine Correa, Tony Gaboury, Tom Bucci, Trent Austin, Dave Wells, Jason St. Pierre, Kyle Hardy, and my mother Senja Grover.

I would particularly like to acknowledge the inspiration of Jack Kerouac and William Carlos Williams in the realization of this project.

This CD was funded in part by a grant from The Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by The National Endowment for the Arts

The music on this CD is an attempt to occupy a space between musical structures involving the use of language, and a freer musical language of the moment. Thanks for listening- Steve

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Steve Grover, drums: Steve has led jazz groups in the New England area since the mid 1980’s. A Maine native, he teaches at The University of Maine at Augusta (where he received his degree in music), Bowdoin College and Bates College. Steve was a faculty member of The Maine Jazz Camp from 1984-97, and was director from 1992-94. In 1994, Steve won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers Competition, and in 1996 was a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine’s “Percussion On Fire” talent search. He received an honorable mention in the 2004 Billboard Song Contest, and his composition “Breath” (from the album of the same name) was featured that same year on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”. In 2008 Steve’s original composition “Art Advocate” was chosen as the theme song for the MPBN program “Conversations With Maine”. Steve’s group won “Best Jazz Act of 2009” in The Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll, and was voted one of the “Ten Most Influential Bands of the Last Ten Years” by The Phoenix that same year.

Steve has released ten CDs, with reviews appearing in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and Cadence magazines. “The Garden Above”, a collaborative CD with saxophonist David Wells and guitarist Tony Gaboury, was included in The Portland Phoenix Top Ten CDs of 2006, and “Statement” was in the Top Ten CDs of 2010. In addition to performing with his own groups and with clarinetist Brad Terry, Steve has performed in concert with Buddy Tate, Jay McShann, Eddie Gomez, Chris Potter, Marvin Stamm, Greg Tardy, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many others. Steve lives in Farmingdale, ME.



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