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Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince review – Kamasi Washington’s pianist cranks it up

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Cameron Graves was the pianist on saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s much admired 2015 orchestral release The Epic, and Washington’s scalding, hoarsely voiceed tenor sound is conspicuously present in this Graves-led septet that also features such LA luminaries as bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner on two tracks, and his drummer brother Ronald on all.

Graves doesn’t sound much like a clone of any postbop-raised keys player – his unbroken and rhythmically vigorous acoustic lines imply an education from hip-hop drummers as much as pianists, while his contrastingly romantic and ardent chord-work suggest what Rachmaninoff might have sounded like if he’d played in a contemporary fusion band. There are languidly hooky trumpet/trombone themes with Ronald Bruner’s torrential, tom-tom rolling drumming flying beneath; bright staccato themes (like the title track) giving way to Graves’s headlong reshufflings of short motifs; smouldering Latin horn sways that turn to percussion thrashes; briefly lyrical piano reflections that soon, and inevitably, crank up.

This Graves group would ignite an exciting live show, even if it can feel a bit like an unvaryingly breathless never-ending crescendo on record.


Read the full piece from: Guardian

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Cameron Graves #: RELEASED: 02/24/17