Mr. Grossman: Novella (a mini-album)
(Independent / 26 August 2022)
Prolific songwriter Mr. Grossman has released a collection of four songs on what he's calling a mini album titled Novella. As he describes it, the songs are "stories about people dealing with past love, needing courage, comfort, and closure."
Any Takers begins with a neoclassical introduction, then slides into a jazzy groove with a Latin edge. Grossman layers soft electronic keyboards over LatinX rhythms, with Chana Matthews' melodic vocals on top of it all - and an interesting electronic buzz that he throws into the mix.
Escape is a classic piano ballad, sung by Grossman himself in an expressive tenor, with a message about getting away from the grind. Intermezzo is the shortest at just under a minute of acoustic guitar in a contemporary singer-songwriter mode.
Up to Me, the last track, moves back into a jazzy groove with sinuous percussion and some intriguing electronic sounds that give it a fresh sound.
Based in Northern California, Grossman has an eclectic approach to music, and has written everything from trip hop to blues.
Personnel: Mark S Grossman/keyboards, guitars, vocals; Chana Matthews/vocals