Grinnell is one of the finest bassists in San Diego. He’s got a great sound, time and ideas on the upright, and he’s absolutely amazing on the electric, an instrument I’m not especially fond of. Fronting a quartet featuring saxophonist Robby Marshall, pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Dan Schnelle, this album [Without You] is filled with superb mainstream jazz.
:: Without You Tune Information
Both Sides of the Story (Justin Grinnell) - An original 32-bar "Rhythm Changes" tune in the key of Bb, sort of. The melody, although mostly in the key of Bb, briefly visits the key of E. There is also an 8-bar interlude after the melody that returns between solos.
African Flower (Duke Ellington, Arranged by Justin Grinnell) - An Ellington composition ("Fleurette Africaine") that has been reharmonized and reshaped rhythmically into quintuple meter (5/4). This is the only track on the album featuring just piano, bass, and drums (without saxophone).
Road From Cazadero (Justin Grinnell) - An original Brazilian-influenced tune inspired by Justin's experience attending California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, CA. This is one of two tracks on the album featuring Justin playing the electric bass.
Waiting (Justin Grinnell) - An original slow-swinging tune in quintuple meter.
Brain Damage (Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Arranged by Justin Grinnell) - A well-known tune from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon has been slighty reharmonized and performed with a funk groove.
Circular Reasoning (Justin Grinnell) - An original brisk waltz inspired by the melodic and creatively harmonized composing of Wayne Shorter and Kenny Wheeler.
Without You (Justin Grinnell) - An original Brazilian-influenced tune inspired by the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as Great American Songbook tunes. This is the only track on the album featuring Justin playing with the bow (playing "arco").
Hit The Brakes (Justin Grinnell) - An original Hard Bop tune inspired by artists recorded by Blue Note Records in the 1950s and 1960s.
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Arranged by Justin Grinnell) - The seventh tune on The Beatles' influential 1967 album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, has been reharmonized and set upon an Afro-Cuban 6/8 groove. The original interlude goes to a different place in this arrangement ("And of course Henry The Horse dances [in four]"). This is one of two tracks on the album featuring Justin playing the electric bass.