A new DON GROLNICK release from FUZZY MEMORIES MUSIC ARCHIVES
Don Grolnick: September 23, 1947 – June 1, 1996!
The world lost a true musical poet on the day that cancer claimed the life of Don Grolnick. And so many of us lost a true friend. Don was as warm and gentle a man as you might hope to meet. Funny, well-read and wise, he was my primary musical conscience for all of the years I knew him. He was a brilliant composer and pianist, and, I think, the perfect musician. All of the musicians represented on this recording are grateful to the BBC for having documented the London performance on what turned out to be Don’s final jazz tour. Our thanks, also, to Nick Purnell and Tony Dudley-Evans of the Arts Council of England and Darryl Pitt and Marina Belica of Depth of Field Management for making the 1995 trip possible in the first place. In addition, our thanks to the Grolnick Estate, lovingly guided by Don’s bride and widow Jeanne O’Connor, for overseeing this release. My personal thanks to all of the players. Please enjoy this first set, presented exactly as heard on the evening of January 16th, 1995 in London. It was a memorable night of music, music penned by a most unforgettable man and friend, Don Grolnick.
— Fuzzy Music, 2000 (from original liner notes to Vol. 1)