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Gravine, Dominick

Trombonist whose recording career spanned the ‘60s and ‘70s.  His first recording seems to be Jackie Paris’s 1962 album, The Song is Paris.

In 1969, he appeared on Nina Simone’s To Love Somebody.  He also appeared on Donny Hathaway’s 1973 offering, Extension of a Man, and Ramatam’s In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns, released the same year.  In 1974, he performed on Jan Akkerman’s Tabernakel, Bo Diddley’s Big Bad Bo, and Love is the Answer, with Van McCoy & the Soul City Orchestra.  He would continue to collaborate with Van McCoy on albums such as The Real McCoy and Rhythms of the World, both released in 1976.  America’s bicentennial also found him teaming up with David Ruffin on Everything’s Coming up Love.  In 1977, he re-united with Van McCoy on Van McCoy and His Magnificent Movie Machine.  His last recording appears to be Frank Sinatra’s 1979 boxed set, Trilogy.

You can still hear Dominick’s trombone playing on CDs such as The Great David Ruffin:  The Motown Solo Albums, Vol. 2, Nina Simone’s To Be Free, and Bittersweet:  The Very Best of Nina Simone.

Van McCoy Recordings
The Shuffle
(Van McCoy)
That’s the Joint (Van McCoy)

Here’s “Trip to Nowhere” from Beginning of the End’s second album, on which Dominick performed…