At the Back of the North Wind

by Jennifer Grassman

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INDIE MUSIC REVIEW by Darryl Gregory:

"Jennifer Grassman’s CD At the Back of the North Wind is a song cycle based on such diverse literary sources as the Victorian age novelist George MacDonald, Shakespeare, Harper Lee and even The Bible. Grassman reaches in to the works of these writers and extracts inspiration for songs of death, suffering, doubt, desire and love. The main idea of the CD keeps harkening back to the fantasy novel by MacDonald of the same title. In the novel a young boy is taken on a journey by a beautiful woman named North Wind who then teaches the boy about life and death and love and forgiveness. Grassman is our North Wind, and we are going with her on this musical journey.

The music is rich and lush with wide orchestrations that wrap around the listener like an inviting arm. The songs are lead by Grassman’s beautifully played piano and filled out by drums bass and guitar used in well-measured proportions. Many of the songs have a Middle Eastern tonality to them, but that is not to say they are of that region. In fact, it would be hard to point to a source of Grassman’s influence. While listening to the album I felt at times I was hearing a cast recording of a Broadway show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and at other times a movie score by Phillip Glass, and then the more I listened the more I felt I was hearing a new Tori Amos CD. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but there was a familiarity to over all sound of this album. Needless to say, the rhythms and melodies are well crafted and intricate and keep the listener involved in the story at hand. This is definitely a collection of songs to be enjoyed with a warm fire and a glass of Pinot Noir."

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released December 15, 2007

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Jennifer Grassman Houston, Texas

“Jennifer Grassman has a voice all her own in a world of conformity.” - Brain Ray, Guitarist for Paul McCartney

Jennifer Grassman has defined herself by specializing in scintillating compositions inspired by classic literature and film. Her piano arrangements have been compared to the works of Tori Amos and Vienna Teng, while her voice to that of Loreena McKennitt and Tarja Turunen.
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