In The G Zone features a revolving personnel that includes Dave Ballou, trumpet; George Garzone, tenor saxophone; Tim Ray, piano; Tony Gaboury, guitar; Dave Clark, bass; and Steve Grover, drums. Most of the tunes are originals and cover a wide range of styles and moods.
Reviews for In The G Zone:
“...a promising introduction to the Maine-based drummer/composer who won the 1994 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers competition. He’s a sensitive, subtle accompanist and an interesting soloist. Grover skillfully creates settings that allow his soloists to shine...”-Downbeat
“Solid all the way.”- JazzTimes
“The real key to the program’s refulgence is uniformly outstanding statements…linked by a loose, surging approach directly reflecting, yet probing the compositional perimeters…The leader is likewise adroit, providing supple accompaniment and propulsion…”- Cadence
Steve Grover has led jazz groups in the New England area since the mid 1980’s. A Maine native, he teaches at The University of Maine at Augusta (where he received his degree in music), Bowdoin College and Bates College. In 1994, Steve won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers Competition, and in 1996 was a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine’s “Percussion On Fire” talent search. He received an honorable mention in the 2004 Billboard Song Contest, and his composition “Breath” was featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” web site that same year. Steve has released seven CDs to critical acclaim, with reviews appearing in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and Cadence magazines. In addition to performing with his own groups and with clarinetist Brad Terry, Steve has performed with Buddy Tate, Jay McShann, Eddie Gomez, Chris Potter, Marvin Stamm, Greg Tardy, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many others. Steve lives in Farmingdale, Maine.