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5.22.19: Greb Abate Interviewed on Neon Jazz

Earlier this week, Greg Abate was featured on Neon Jazz for interview regarding his fourth recording with the Tim Ray Trio on the Whaling City Sound label with his CD Gratitude – State Door Live @ The Z. Abate shares with his listeners his continuous desire for improvement and critical thoughts he possesses about his performances that in turn, only aid in his ability to grow. Lately he has been trying to be more creative, creating different lines and verses for different lengths to switch things up. Contrary to the publics initial belief, this performer unlike many others, prefers a lack of rehearsal before recording or performing. He states “I like the in the moment type of playing…that unpredictable rehearse”. Greg Abate and the Tim Ray Trio’s newest album is described by Abate himself as “sincere with no gimmicks…with communication with the audience both verbally and musically”. It is truly a beautiful album. Check out the full interview to get to know the real Greg Abate!

When going live: “what you hear is what you get, there’s no forgiveness” -Abate

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Greg Abate with the Tim Ray Trio album release show at Chan’s June 1!

 

On his four recordings with the Tim Ray Trio, all on Whaling City SoundGreg Abate finds himself on an endless quest for the true essence of jazz. Throughout this exploration, Abate, a massive talent, acquits himself as energetic, creative, and exhilarating

Which is why it’s such a treat to listen to his latest work with the Tim Ray Trio, Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ The Z. On stage, Abate is a force, a paragon of power and passion. Offstage, Abate is experienced, and a student of jazz. Live, he wrests control of the form, a force majeure, and proves that few in the jazz vernacular today can keep pace with him.

The album itself is a joy. With no formal rehearsals, and subsequently, no overdubs, mulligans, and re-do’s, the band captures its performance in truth, in full, and in the moment. With the seasoned support of Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums), Abate and his various horns (alto, tenor and baritone saxes, as well as flute) cruise through a slate of mainly originals, along with Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” and Roland Kirk’s “Serenade to a Cuckoo,” done here on tenor sax rather than the customary flute. “Dracula” spotlights Abate, Ray, and Walker, in that order, in a concise span of five minutes. In all, the performances are loose and fun without being casual. These guys are, after all, some of the best on the scene.

The intimacy of the venue also helped propel the session. The Zeiterion Theater is a stellar place and allows the band to stretch out. Ray’s version of Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz” is a ten-minute blast, with rollicking passages interspersed with Lockwood and Walker each stepping into the spotlight.

Capturing the live energy is a difficult task, especially in jazz, where the frequencies are so varied. But the session, recorded and mixed by John Mailloux, is superb.

Abate is one of the hardest working men in jazz. Every year, when it seems like it might be time to slow it down, Abate revs it up, booking more shows, more clinics, and teaching more classes. He jet sets it when necessary, making repeated trips overseas to find his audiences. For now, he’s left us with the incendiary Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ The Z a postcard from the road, sent with the heat, beauty, and passion of genuine bebop.

 

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Happy International Jazz Day from WCS!

Happy International Jazz Day!

April 30 is International Jazz Day!  Whaling City Sound is proud to keep jazz alive in the New England area by having some the greatest jazz musicians on our label.  Since the beginning of 2019 we have released “Bright Idea” by Greg Murphy (January 2019) and “Stories Told” (April 2019) by Dave Zinno Unisphere both of which have charted on the JazzWeek charts!

 

Reached #1 on the JazzWeek charts!

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Currently #26 on the JazzWeek charts!

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Look for these releases coming later in 2019…

Gratitude: Stagedoor Live @ The Z – Greg Abate and the Tim Ray Trio (May 2019)

Our People – Gerry Gibbs Thrasher People (June 2019)

 

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