THE WHOLENOTE AVI GRANITE 6 "ORBIT" REVIEW
Avi Granite 6
Pet Mantis Records PM102 (petmantisrecords.com)
Avi Granite 6
is a small combo comprising guitarist Granite, together with an extraordinary assemblage of reeds, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums. But Peter Lutek, Jim Lewis, Tom Richards, Neal Davis and Ted Warren are hardly an average backing band for the guitarist. The sextet comes together to offer a gorgeous evocation of Granite’s music on Orbit, which is full of enigmatic depths, expectations, anger, hope, doubt and affirmation amid what seems like a moody atmosphere encountered through a shattered mirror by moonlight.
Despite all of the extreme emotion, Granite’s music as heard on Like a Magazine can be meditative, with long, glistening runs on the guitar and saxophone. The guitarist can also be quite rambunctious, plucking and rattling the strings on the broadly grinning Knocking on the Door, or downright mysterious as on Over and Out/Ancestral Walkie Talkie, with his leaping, parabolic lines punctuated with jabbing octaves.
The music of Orbit has, by its composer’s admission, been incubating for a decade, some of which was spent in a great personal crisis. Coming through has meant everything to Granite and this is reflected not only in the CD’s quieter, more contemplative moments, but also in the jagged, bittersweet works such as Undo Process and When the View Became the Way. Together, these 11 pieces represent the work of a thoughtful composer with exceptional resourcefulness and imagination.
birD is the worm avi granite 6 "Orbit" lp review
" This music is big, and has a presence that suggests twice its numbers. But the winning quality of Orbit is found in the details, and how its facets shine like mad from the heart of this music. "
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Avi Granite 6 - Orbit - (Pet Mantis Records)
Brooklyn based Canadian guitarist/composer Granite goes to those special places full of surprise and delight. These tunes are hard to put on a finger on. Like Zappa, the changes are all fucked up and perfect at the same time. Apparently strongly horn driven, (trumpet, trombone and reeds,) yet really driven by the near invisible line of the guitar these tunes barrel down on you like a semi in the fast lane. Highly recommended.
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" Borra has a naturally retro-sounding voice that perfectly suits honky-tonk-style tunes like "Heart Full of Love" and "It Wouldn't Mean A Thing," a song whose references to California, drugs and nudie suits take you back to the days of the cosmic cowboys. The similarly vintage recording style of using two-inch tape adds aural warmth to one charming disc. (Cousin Jeb) "
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This combo is the brainchild of John Borra, long one of Torontos busiest and most respected players. They formed two years ago to play a residency at a T.O. watering hole and this debut disc is a satisfying outing. Singer-songwriter Borra is joined by long-time sideman Sam Ferrara (the Ugly, Viletones, Screamin Sam), bassist Tony Benattar and violinist Miranda Mulholland, with some vocal and instrumental contributions from Treasa Levasseur. The sparse feel keeps the emphasis on Borras convincingly earthy vocals and songs, and the recording process (live to two-track and tape) adds to the warm and intimate ambience. Ferrara wrote the engaging "Caroline and the Choir cover songs by local honky-tonk heroes Handsome Ned (the classic "Ive Come To Get My Baby Out Of Jail) and the Sadies (the instrumental "Lay Down Your Arms). Such song selections show their heart is in the right place, and Borras own writing is equally strong. This is a disc worthy of exposure beyond the Toronto roots scene. (Cousin Jeb)