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Lovabye

Gregory Groover Jr. Sextet

Lovabye

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Format: CD
Label: Criss Cross
UPC: 8712474141920
Catnr: CRISS 1419
Release date: 26 April 2024
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Label
Criss Cross
UPC
8712474141920
Catalogue number
CRISS 1419
Release date
26 April 2024
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About the album

Gregory Groover’s Criss Cross debut, recorded on the Boston born-and-bred tenor saxophonist’s thirtieth birthday, is a tour de force. Joined by a bespoke sextet of his favorite players, all New York-based, Groover presents a recital of 11 original tone-parallels to family and friends, his intentions anticipated, illuminated and fulfilled by his gifted bandmates.

Lovabye follows Groover’s formidable first full-length album, Negro Spiritual Songbook, Vol. 2 (The Message), performed by his excellent Boston band in quartet or quintet configurations, contains Groover’s arrangements of, as he then wrote, “Black America’s praise music through jazz’s evolving language to produce a radical theology that connects you to a higher power,”. Recorded in August 2019, it was released two years later, as society unwound from the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the lockdown, Groover had generated a group of “love songs and songs of people I love.” In spring 2023, he brought this music to Walter Smith III, who Groover had idolized as a teenager, and is now his friend and colleague at Berklee School of Music, their mutual alma mater, where Groover serves as Assistant Chair of the Ensemble Department. “I told Walter I’d like to play with some of my other heroes and peers,” Groover recalls. “He said, ‘What’s stopping you? The music is there.’ Luckily for me, everyone who I wanted to record with was available and happy to do it.”

The Album was recorded August 16, 2023 at the GSI Studios, NYC. Producer Walter Smith III. Recording engineer Chris Allen. Sound engineer Mike Marciano did the mixing and mastering at Systems Two in NYC. Photography by Saito Ogata.

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Aaron Parks (piano)

Vicente Archer (double bass)

Joel Ross (vibraphone)

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01:21
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
02.
Bygone Towers
05:53
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
03.
May All Your Storms Be Weathered
04:39
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
04.
Joy
05:00
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
05.
Lovabye
04:57
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
06.
Stages
04:32
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
07.
5660
02:59
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
08.
Ambivalence
05:18
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
09.
Lovabye Theme
01:29
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
10.
In For A Pound Or Penny
05:43
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
11.
Cactus Lullaby
02:24
(Gregory Groover Jr.) Gregory Groover Jr., Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, Matthew Stevens, Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross
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