David Grant has been soaring above the clouds since the release of his debut CD 'First Flight.' David has logged countless hours, both on his guitar and in the cockpit. By now, you probably have realized that David Grant is both an accomplished guitarist and commercial airline pilot. He is equally comfortable soaring on the fretboard as he is flying at 30,000 feet. David began playing guitar just before his senior year in high school in his home town of Richmond, California. He bought the George Benson 'Breezin' album. 'The tunes on the album, 'Affirmation', 'So This is Love', and 'Lady' just had me mesmerized. I listened to them over and over and over, all summer long that year', David says. Grant started college at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. During his sophmore year at SJSU, he was asked to join a Top 40 band called 'Chain Reaction.' The band played various clubs and events around the south bay area until they split up one year later. After the band broke up he enrolled in various jazz classes and began taking flying lessons since his major at SJSU was aeronautics. Despite this, his guitar was never very far from him. It was also at San Jose where he meet Todd Soo-Hoo, an electrical engineering major who was a drummer/keyboardist in the jazz classes, and Gary Green, a guitarist/bassist from Cal State Hayward. After college the three would go on to form the group 'Private Practice', with the addition of Rich Louie on drums. The group played street festivals, weddings and coffee houses in the Bay Area and in the LA area. 'Private Practice' still plays a wedding or two each year. David grew up musically in the San Francisco Bay Area so there was ample opportunity to see other talented jazz musicians. 'The Curtis Ohlson Group' was the jazz fusion group David and his bandmates would go see regularly. Because of this, Curtis Ohlson became good friends with the members of 'Private Practice.' David left California in 1993 to pursue a flying career in earnest. While doing so he played jam sessions and got occassional calls for gigs. He has played at clubs in most of the lower 48 states, thanks to his airline career. When Grant felt that it was time to record, he was faced with the difficult choice of starting the project in Atlanta, where he now lives, or doing it in the Bay Area, the origin of his muscial roots. Finally, the decision was made to record the project back in Oakland - 1) because it was home and 2) because it was where he learned about the types of music he envisioned for the project. Curtis Ohlson started his own studio (Ohlsonic Studios) in Oakland,CA and David decided to record with his good friend. And there you have it - 'First Flight', David Grant's first recording project, 3 years in the making. The project features Curtis Ohlson, who toured as Ray Charles' bassist for 7 years; Ray Obiedo, bay area guitarist who has 7 solo albums to his credit; David Garibaldi, famed drummer with 'Tower Of Power'; Dave Mathews, organ player with Etta James; noted bay area drummer Paul VanWageningen, and world class percussionist Michael Spiro. The CD includes covers of tunes by Robben Ford, George Benson, Frank Gambale, Wayne Henderson and Sheila E. Plus, there are five original tunes by David Grant. Without a doubt there is something for every jazz fusion lover!! Welcome aboard ladies and gentlemen. Please sit back, relax and enjoy your 'First Flight.'
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