all photography by Geoffrey Creighton
let go of what you want it to be. let go of how you think it to should be. even let go of your vision.
and so we began by bringing in compositions and tearing them apart to find out what worked.
This recording is a crystallization of that process.
In January of 2011 Jerry Granelli called it. The material was ready. The recording could begin. After almost a year of tearing the music apart and pulling it back together; communications over long distances and intimate rehearsals; playing the pieces live and hidden away in Jerry’s studio—the trio and the music were ready. This would be their debut recording. It was always about letting go. But the title came later. Everyone had to pack away any preconceptions and allow the power of the music and the trio, as a living-breathing unit, to guide the sessions.
Jerry Granelli cut his teeth on some of the best trios in the business; Vince Guaraldi, Denny Zeitland and Mose Allison, to name a few. Yes, Jerry has led and directed small and large ensembles over the years but this is the first time that he has stepped up to lead his own trio.
Granelli looks at the concept of the trio and is amazed. Everything fits together perfectly. No one gets a free ride.
Jerry has known Danny Oore and Simon Fisk for years. A little over a year ago when he began to think about the trio form for his next project it was their artistry and their sound that seemed to fit what he heard. Jerry had been toying with how to create using the structure of the trio but without it sounding like a trio. The two musicians bring something new to the trio palate, Simon: bass and cello, Danny: tenor, soprano and baritone saxophone. The result is effortless and multi layered. There is also one anomaly: Jerry met Mary Jane Lamond a few years ago. Her use of the Gaelic language kept haunting him. In some small way he knew she had to play a part in his new recording. She lent her voice to two tracks on Let Go.
This recording captures the beginning of a new direction, a new sound and a new partnership in music. Live, it will grow and move forward. The trio will follow the music to where it leads.