Don Grolnick (with Michael Brecker): Pools




Don Grolnick (keyboards)


Hearts And Numbers (Hip Pocket Records)

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Don Grolnick (keyboards), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Peter Erskine (drums),

Jeff Mironov (guitar), Will Lee (bass)


Composed by Don Grolnick


Recorded: 1985


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

“Space is the breath of art.“ – Frank Lloyd Wright

An inspired harmonic architect, Grolnick designed spacious structures for Brecker to breathe freely in. Allied from the band Dreams beyond Steps Ahead, these two sensitive musicians finished each other’s sentences in playing and composing. Don’s clairvoyant precision complemented Michael’s sweeping arches and spiral runs. Also recorded on Steps Ahead (1982) and performed by a 24-piece orchestra with Mike Mainieri, “Pools” contains the crucial groove, seamless odd-meter transitions, complex chords, and modal yet soulful melodies that form the foundation of fusion – not smooth jazz, but a more concrete structure.

Reviewer: Marissa Dodge

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