Steve Grossman: Over The Rainbow
Over The Rainbow
Steve Grossman (tenor sax)
In New York (Dreyfus Jazz)
Composed by Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg.
Recorded: New York, September 13-14, 1991
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This is exactly the kind of song that suits Steve Grossman's deep, lyrical tenor sound. He tackles it in a basically old-fashioned way while playing the theme, but when it's time to improvise he shows that his inspiration is rooted in the art of such modern elders as Sonny Rollins. When he's in top form, as he is here, Grossman delivers some of the most satisfying interpretations you can hear on standards in the mainstream to hard-bop styles. His reputation as a former alumnus of the "electric" Miles Davis shouldn't fool anybody about that aspect of his playing. Surrounded as he is on this track, Grossman sounds like one of the '50s masters who didn't matriculate from jazz schools, but had their own style that attracted countless followers and admirers.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum