The Solo Side Of Danny Green | KNKX

The Solo Side Of Danny Green

Apr 27, 2018

Before his performance in our studios, pianist Danny Green told me he hadn't played many solo shows. In fact, his new album One Day It Will adds a string quartet to his long-running trio. After three dazzling songs, however, it was clear Green has plenty to say on his own.

With Justin Grinell on bass and Julien Cantelm drumming, Danny Green's previous trio album Altered Narratives featured a string quartet on a handful of songs. Green enjoyed that process so much he decided to write a full album's worth for this expanded group.

The quality of Green’s new compositions certainly stand on their own. Even as his arrangements show off all the skills of his fellow musicians, there was nothing missing in solo performances of "Lemon Avenue" and "Snowy Day in Boston".

After thrilling our live session audience, I told Danny Green I didn't miss his talented trio partners at all - but don't tell them that. This was a rare treat from a talented pianist showing off a side seldom heard outside the KNKX studios.