Praise for Farallon: 

"...modern, forward-thinking, powerfully melodic, and full of warmth and emotional directness, the album, shines brightly – as does Grinder’s playing. - Christian Wissmuller, JazzEd December, 2019

" unassuming but potent beauty that Grinder's quintet expertly brings to life." - Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz, April 19, 2019

"...joyful yet intricate..." - Matt Mitucci, Jazziz, February 18, 2019

"Put Farallon down as one of the sleeper hits of the year." - Mike Shanley, Jazztimes, May 17, 2019

"This is the sort of music that — unfortunately — you rarely hear, but when you do it demandsand deserves both your attention and respect because not only it is highly imaginative, it is genuinelysincere." - Bob Bernotas, Just Jazz, June/July 2019

"Rich sonic tapestries...." -George Harris, Jazz Weekly, February 9, 2019

"His tone and technique bring the Trombone back to the forefront of important voices in Jazz today." -Bob Nicosia, Music Man Blog, March 25, 2019

Nick Grinder: Ten Minutes

Reviewed by Daniel Lehner for All About Jazz June 8th, 2014


"Grinder's music, as well as the compatriots he chose for the record date, seem to have been tailor made to subvert boring virtuosity in favor of making music. 

His attacks, sustains and phrasings touch the surrounding musical environment like sunbursts, as if he were dabbing with a large brush dipped in red watercolor.

He's an intriguing addition to the language of the instrument, and his first effort gives a great deal of promise for his development."





Press play: Young Novato jazz trombonist's lyrical debut

Reviewed by Paul Liberatore for The Marin Independent Journal June 19th, 2014


"...with its contrapuntal sax and trombone melodies to the haunting "Look" and the intense "Mother of Exile," a musical response to the war in Syria, "Ten Minutes" is the kind of inspired debut that may very well stand the test of time."



Nick Grinder: Ten Minutes

Reviewed by George W. Harris for Jazz Weekly August 18th, 2014


 "He’s got a warm and rich tone and can use it for long tones as on the laconic “Look” or can make it snap and bounce to a funky backbeat on “14.” 

His ‘bone gets rich and pungent like a sour sauce"


Big Heart Machine: Textura Reviews Jan 2019

"Nick Grinder contributes a memorable trombone turn to the second part “Steep Ravine,”

A Colorful, Auspicious Debut Album and a Jazz Gallery Show by the Mighty Big Heart Machine

Reviewed by delore for Lucid Culture August 13, 2018

"Nick Grinder’s trombone and Yuhan Su’s vibes do a wry dance over John Hollenbeck-esque pointillisms."







© 2013 by NICK GRINDER 

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