The V16 Project

Jerry Granelli


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Percussionist Jerry Granelli, a veteran of the 1960s San Francisco music scene, and a cohort of younger musicians perform a set of mind-bending, guitar-focused, neo-psychedelic instrumentals.
– Mark Werlin

The V16 Project was Jerry Granelli’s core group of the 2000s. It featured a two-guitar frontline and diverse approach – jazz improvisation, blues-rock-funk fusion, freeform jamming, sampled soundscapes and more – making it equally at home in jazz and avant-rock contexts.

Highlighting the superb interplay of slide virtuoso David Tronzo, lyrical German guitar ace Christian Kögel (from Jerry’s previous two-guitar band UFB), and versatile bassist Anthony Cox, the group hones its style on a surprising range of material.

There are drummerless acoustic improvs, Kogel’s trancey bossa nova, Jerry’s waltz-to-freetime-to-Latin Mr. Wong suite, a psych-tinged, freegrass flavoured extended cover of the old standard “Temptation,” and several varieties of soul jazz by Cox. Expect the unexpected: as Granelli commented in his note, “The heart of the band is risk, not knowing, curiosity and nowness.”

Granelli inspired admiration for his effortless swing and inventiveness and his constant search for new means of expression. He grew up in San Francisco, where he studied with Joe Morello and drummed for pianists Denny Zeitlin and Vince Guaraldi (he’s on A Charlie Brown Christmas and the Charlie Brown TV soundtracks). He pioneered world jazz fusion and electro-acoustic percussion during the 60’s hippie era and established the music department at the Naropa Institute in Boulder in 1976. In the early ’80s he performed and recorded in a trio with Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock for ECM. He also performed and recorded with longtime musical associates Mose Allison, Jay Clayton, Jane Ira Bloom, Glen Moore, Dave Friedman, and Jamie Saft, as well as in projects with Bill Frisell, Robben Ford, Julian Priester, Charlie Haden and Kenny Garrett, among many others. And there are several other Granellli high-res releases on Songlines. Visit his legacy website for the full picture.

The V16 Project
Jerry Granelli – electro-acoustic percussion
David Tronzo – acoustic & electric guitars
Christian Kögel – acoustic & electric guitars
Anthony Cox – bass


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
O Bossa Where Art Thou?
Lunch With Mr. Wong / Leaving Mr. Wong's
Acoustic Trio
Acoustic Duo
Hobo Comedies
Family Man
Walk By
Good Wheat
Texas Oklahoma Conspiracy
Black Confederacy

Total time: 00:56:44

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Original Recording Format

Recording Engineer

Jason Orris

Recording Location

Recorded (24/176) April 23-25, 2002, and mixed in analogue to DSD, by Jason Orris at The Terrarium, Minneapolis. Mastered by Dawn Frank at the Sony SACD Project, Boulder.

Release DateApril 5, 2024

Press reviews

Halifax Chronicle

Since all four musicians play in the ‘now’, anyone listening to this CD will find something recognizable in it, whether that be blues, rock, funk or jazz improvisation, all of which, by way of sampled soundscapes and freeform, four-sided jamming, turns into something both startlingly familiar and virtually unheard of…a collection of fascinating versions of groove, creative musical interaction, and a liberating sense of self-structuring form….We hear fragments of delta blues, Gregorian chant, turntable scratches, feedback loops and quarter tones, embedded in various pleasant grooves that virtually sample the history of American jazz…The V16 Project is not about muscle. It’s about the power of the musical imagination.

The mixture of composed material and explorative tendencies all adds up to an effort that defies rigid boundaries…The guitarists’ odd tunings, complete with fuzz-toned ponderings and various blues-based variations, skirt avant-garde territory…This production is awash with elusive qualities…(Recommended…)

Judging by its grille and supercharged front end, Jerry Granelli’s new thing is built to cruise…restlessly shifting among styles and mixing them up to the point where you can’t tell them apart…Kögel and Tronzo have a striking range between the two of them, the former tending toward a more pointed sound and the latter usually smooth as butter. When it’s time for a lyrical moment, they meld together into ripples and swirls, as on ‘O Bossa, Where Art Thou?’…Granelli himself certainly makes no unnecessary gestures…Whether on a country-rock of ‘Family Man,’ the deep rumbling funk of ‘Texas Oklahoma Conspiracy,’ or the headbanging jam of ‘Black Confederacy,’ he’s got it covered. The 11 minute opener gets deep into interlocking rhythms, which seem to be Granelli’s favorite place to dwell…

The Wire

Since the early 1960s, percussionist Granelli has worked with an amazing array of musicians, including Ornette Coleman and Sly Stone. At the end of the decade he played free music on bills with Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, which sealed his taste for certain guitar sounds…Boundary crossing is to be expected from a musician who admires both Squarepusher and Max Roach, but Granelli’s blend is grounded at a deeper level, in discerning awareness of the properties and character of sounds, alone and in combination. The string players share his awareness. Far from simply elaborating themes and riffs, their improvisations spin out deliberately textured webs of contrasting or complementary sound qualities.


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