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Donna Grantis


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“If you know Donna Grantis' name, it's probably because of her association with Prince. As a member of 3RDEYEGIRL, she had the daunting task of being the second guitarist in Prince's band.
DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE is her debut album, but don't expect a continuation of 3RDEYEGIRL's music. On the contrary, this album is a throwback to old-school fusion guitar albums like Blow by Blow and Wired, but often with denser rhythms out of the On the Corner book. The tunes are well-written with knotty unison sections of guitar/keys that open up for interaction and improvisation. The band has a fantastic sense of group dynamics, laying into a groove when it's called for and laying back when appropriate. Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) guests on a couple tracks . . . But this is really Grantis' show all the way. She not only wrote all the tunes and played guitar, but produced as well, and her sense of taste and restraint nearly equals her chops. One might expect a guitar slinger to try to prove themselves with some dazzling technical passages, but she doesn’t play a note until more than a minute into the opener, and even then it's all languid ebow. Of course, she can also rip it up when she wants to, as on the title track or the cuts with McCready. She's a great player who, like Jeff Beck, isn't afraid to just make some skronky noises if they fit in. DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE is an excellent album and an unqualified success.” – AllMusic


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