Months after the release of his widely celebrated
album In Good Hands, seasoned NYC based
improviser, composer, and guitarist Avi Granite has
delivered another adventurous album of original
music, this time with his mainstay Toronto-based
project Avi Granite 6. A follow up to their critically
acclaimed 2018 release Orbit, the group presents
their most succinct and focussed studio recording to
Operator is about perseverance in the face of disruption. It’s about connectivity, communication, otherness, and what brings people together.
The group navigates Granite’s compositions with a fine tuned sensitivity, finding improvisational launchpads at every turn, while retaining a clarity of ensemble unity. From the energetic opener Crushing Beans, to the soaring ballad My Sunken Ship; from the funky Ubiquitous Miles to the grind of The Long Tomorrow, Operator takes the listener on an expansive journey through the group's thematic explorations.
The recording finds the 6 in top form, as they recorded Operator fresh off of a tour in Nov. 2019. Stunted by the pandemic, the album will finally see the light of day in February 2023. The release will be accompanied by a tour across Canada this winter.
Jim Lewis - Trumpet
Peter Lutek - Reeds
Tom Richards - Trombone
Avi Granite - Guitar
Neal Davis - Bass
Ted Warren - Drums
“If ever there was a launchpad to immerse
oneself in Canada’s creative jazz and vibrant
scene, Toronto guitarist and composer Avi
Granite is the ideal place to start... The results
are truly a revelation...”
- JazzTimes Magazine (review of Avi Granite's In Good Hands)
“The sextet comes together to offer a gorgeous evocation of Granite's music... a thoughtful composer with exceptional resourcefulness and imagination.”
- The WholeNote Magazine (review of Orbit)
Brooklyn based Canadian guitarist/composer Granite goes to those special places full of surprise and delight. These tunes are hard to put on a finger on. Like Zappa, the changes are all fucked up and perfect at the same time.
- KUCI 88.9FM (review of Orbit)
" ★ ★ ★ ★ "
- Downbeat Magazine (review of Red Tree)