sábado, 14 de novembro de 2009

Earl Grant - Ebb Tide and Other Instrumental Favorites

  1. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
  2. Bewitched
  3. Canadian Sunset
  4. Dreamy
  5. I'm in the Mood for Love
  6. That's All
  7. Ebb Tide
  8. My Foolish Heart
  9. Deep Purple
  10. Misty
  11. Evening Rain
  12. Theme from Exodus (An Otto Preminger Production)
Ebb Tide
Earl Grant is a man of many varied talents, and a man who pokes fist-sized holes in the "Jack-of-all-trades" theory. He's tops in everything.

Organist-pianist-vocalist Grant's rich musical background has given him the solid technical foundation on which to build his colorful and inventive style of delightful improvisation.

In this album, Mr. Grant takes to organ and piano. His interpretations of ever-popular standards such as the title song, Ebb Tide, Stormy Weather, Misty, Canadian Sunset, I'm In The Mood For Love, and the many others, represent an instrumental performance without peer.

As Earl Grant characteristically coaxes even the most subtle tones and innuendos out of his instruments, the album is further distinguished by having superbly exploited the full depth and many of the unusual effects in sound made available by today's modern techniques and equipment.

(From original LP liner notes)

Earl Grant was a triple-threat entertainer as a pianist, organist, and vocalist. While much of his material fell into the arenas of either light pop or jazz-schmaltz, Grant scored two R&B hits in the late '50s and early '60s, the most memorable being "Sweet Sixteen Bars" in 1962. It reached number nine on the R&B charts. His prior smash "The End" was his lone pop hit, reaching number seven in 1958. Grant also was in the films "Tender Is The Night," "Imitation of Life," and "Tokyo Night." He was killed in 1970 in a car wreck at age 39. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

Earl Grant (January 20, 1931 - June 11, 1970) was an American easy listening pianist, Hammond organist, and vocalist popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Grant was gifted with keyboard skills and a fine singing voice. Other instruments he was skilled at playing were trumpet, drums and Hammond organ. Grant attended four music schools, then became a music teacher, augmenting his income by performing in clubs during his army service, stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. Before long, Grant signed with Decca Records in 1957 and his first single "The End" reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Ebb Tide, released in 1961, was his first album, which also rose to number 7 on the Billboard 200. The single "Ebb Tide" sold over one million copies, gaining gold disc status. He recorded five more singles that made the charts, including "Swingin' Gently" (from Ebb Tide), and six additional albums (mostly on the Decca label) through 1968. He also recorded the album Yes Sirree and the instrumental album Trade Winds, single-tracked on the Hammond organ and piano, featuring the love theme from the film El Cid and Chaplin's "Eternally". This album featured some realistic sounding 'tropical bird calls' produced by his electric organ. "The House of Bamboo" was another big selling single.

Grant also made a few appearances in film and television, including Tender Is the Night (1962), Juke Box Rhythm (1959), and The Ed Sullivan Show (1961).

He died instantly in a car accident in Lordsburg, New Mexico, at the age of 39.

Selected discography:

    * Versatile Earl Grant (Decca Records) 1958
    * The End (Decca Records) 1958
    * Grant Takes Rhythm (Decca Records) 1959
    * Nothin' But The Blues (Decca Records) 1959
    * Paris Is My Beat (Decca Records) 1959
    * The Magic Of Earl Grant (Decca Records) 1960
    * Ebb Tide (Decca Records) 1961
    * Earl After Dark (Decca Records) 1961
    * Beyond The Reef (Decca Records) 1962
    * At Basin Street East (Decca Records) live 1962
    * Midnight Sun (Decca Records) 1962
    * Yes Sirree! (Decca Records) 1963
    * Fly Me To The moon (Decca Records) 1964
    * Just For A Thrill (Decca Records) 1964
    * Just One More Time (Decca Records) 1964
    * Trade Winds (Decca Records) 1965
    * Spotlight On Earl Grant (Decca Records) 1965
    * Winter Wonderland (Decca Records) 1965
    * Sings And Plays Songs Made Famous By Nat Cole (Decca Records) 1966

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