"...a singular gift for melody... an aural treat... exceptional melodies... ambitious and highly personal... His core group consists of guitarist extraordinaire Chieli Minucci (Special EFX), legendary bassist Tony Levin (John Lennon, King Crimson) and dynamic drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates). The inspired textural aesthetic of the music is supported by a superb ensemble of woodwinds, strings and percussion...These lyrical compositions evoke visions of splendor and optimism...extremely accomplished... majestic...Peter Primamore’s Grancia, is an orchestra lovers dream...my dictionary defines charm as “the power of delighting, attracting or fascinating” and Grancia manages to do all three...Primamore’s experience as a composer for film and TV, a medium where the clock is king, gives his writing an emotionally directness with little room for waste or superfluous decoration. It’s also intensely intimate...sensitive arrangements, luxuriant orchestration and an oddly old-world patina...Primamore achieves a stunning success...Primamore has done something that you wouldn't necessarily think was possible -- he's created an album of sweetly melodic, classically-inflected instrumental pop music that remains effortlessly accessible throughout...the album as a whole is a pleasure...compelling...the surround mix would be a wonderful demo to convince two-channel diehards of the attractions of music in surround...Drawing inspiration from sources that are sometimes startlingly varied - the Allman Brothers, English literature, Brazilian music, matters mystical and earthy - Peter presents a rich tapestry of musical sounds all of which are played (and recorded) impeccably...no synthesizers or samples were used and the ensemble was recorded live in the studio without a click track," says this non-Eno artiste in his egghead liner notes. He then proceeds to wax elaborate about the organic feeling of his work which, truth be told, is every bit as intriguing as he says it is albeit in a gamut-spanning orchestral country fusion style which evokes a memory array that extends all the way from Cale's The Academy in Peril to Mahavishnu's Birds of Fire to Miles' Aura. Impressive, I know....Peter Primamore is a very talented composer and musician, and his entourage consists of a group of exceptional musicians....All the tracks are of a delicate and moving nature."
Grancia was recorded with the whole band live in the studio, with no click track, no samples, and with overdubs kept to a minimum. It is an audiophile quality recording, captured with a combination of ultra-high quality digital and analog techniques. Grancia was conceived from its inception as a surround sound project and is presented as a Hybrid SACD, playable on all regular CD players and on SACD compatible 5.1 surround sound and home theatre systems. It was recorded at Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, N.Y. by Paul Antonell and Rich Tozzoli and produced by Best Surround CD of the Year winner Larry Chernicoff and Peter Primamore..Grancia is distributed by MVD and widely available.
Comments Excerpted from:ALL MUSIC GUIDE, JAZZ REVIEW, ALL ABOUT JAZZ, POP MATTERS, THE CELEBRITY CAFE, THE DETROIT METRO-TIMES, JAZZ TIMES, ARTISTS & BANDS, AUDIOPHILE AUDITION, HIGH FIDELITY REVIEW, PROGGNOSIS, SWING2BOP, SID SMITH'S POSTCARDS FROM THE YELLOW ROOM
GRANCIA integrates traditional orchestral instruments including violin,viola, cello, harp, and woodwinds with a modern rhythm section and ethnic percussion. The music is multi-layered and complex - but very accessible. It incorporates formal structures, yet has lots of room for improvising and solos.
The personnel on GRANCIA includes 13 players from different musical disciplines - an unconventional, top-shelf ensemble: