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Tom Grose: Press

"Both At Bay and jetsam whoosh through your ears with a rush of electric instrumental prog-jazz-rock a la '70s Jeff Beck, King Crimson and Al DiMeola...the musicianship is intense and extraordinary."
"Multi-instrumentalist Tom Grose is a master of that most disrespected of musical arts: fusion. While rightfully derided over the years thanks to the efforts of secondhand practitioners who forgot that the confluence of rock and jazz was supposed to be about music and not technique, there have been good fusion artists over the decades: the Mahavishnu Orchestra, early Weather Report, the great Miles Davis, of course. Grose takes his place beside them with his twin debut albums At Bay and Jetsam. Joined by drummer/engineer Sean O’Rourke, Grose masterfully mixes jazz and progressive rock in cuts like “December Ruse” and “Sweet Judy Blew Ice.” Fusion leans heavily on solos, of course, and Grose’s music is no exception, but he’s more interested in stretching out the melody than showing off how fast he can pick or tickle the ivories. (Kudos especially to the groovy Hammond organ break on “We Like Ourselves Don’t We?”) Non-fusion fans might not be convinced, of course, but those who remember when the genre meant more than just pseudohip elevator music and bad instrumental funk will love Tom Grose."
"jetsam reveals Grose as a genius in my opinion... jetsam reminds me of fusion from the 70's era when the players brought character and adventure to their music...this CD...stands out on its own and is, frankly, on the top of the heap for me...I expect that I will be listening to this for years to come..."
"Tonight, I featured some new tracks from Tom Grose. His new release, At Bay is tearing up the modern Jazz and fusion/prog world..."
"...This week's new addition is Tom Grose. This phenomenal musician plays all instruments except for the drums and puts out some of the best jazz rock fusion I've heard in a while. Long live fusion and thanks to artists such as Tom for keeping it alive! Don't forget to visit his MySpace Page for more info and a good laugh..."
"Tom Grose is a name you may not have heard. You should go check out his music. I spent some time listening to all 19 of the samples on his site and, though you can’t always judge by thirty seconds, I’m impressed by his compositions and playing. He can definitely rock. Tom describes his music as 'instrumental jazz-rock/progressive fusion and it can be likened
to stuff from Frank Zappa’s early ’70s instrumental period (the George Duke/Chester Thompson era).'”
"...Tonight I featured some more fusion oriented CD's. The first being a disc that knocked me off my chair when I first tracked it in Tom Grose's jetsam. This CD has a strong Zappa influence but his keyboard playing and guitar playing are second to none. Where did he come from? Who knows, I can't find anything about this guy anywhere. But nonetheless, it's a good disc..."
Retrogressive Fusion

Grose here emphasizes the role of the drums as a primary component of his compositions and arrangements. Rather than use percussion to set up the rhythmic landscape for melody and harmony, he utilizes the formidable talents of his drummer to create flexing, bursting soundscapes which rise, descend and morph within a framework of strict rock time. Sean O'Rourke variously compliments and counterpunches during the themes and improvisational sections of each song, listening and responding in the instant. The production techniques employed here reveal that this is the facade of improvisational rock in its purest form; the keyboards, bass, guitar and drums all participate in creating an image of in-the-moment music wholly consisting of the equal sum of its parts.

The music owes as much to the idiom of Miles and Mingus as it does to rock, but Grose's insistence on strict tempo as a canvas imbues the pieces with a solid time-oriented feel usually unheard in modern jazz.

And this isn't smooth jazz, a style which relegates the drummer (or drum machine) to an inflexible rigidity of groove. O'Rourke frankly explodes here. Be on the lookout for more from him.

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Tom Grose as Parson Eldod McJenkins - Urban Southernite Magazine (Not A Magazine)