Greg Abate has a “jovial groove” that drives his latest chart topping release “Magic Dance”

Greg Abate has a “jovial groove” that drives his latest chart topping release “Magic Dance”

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O’s Notes: Reed master Greg Abate celebrates the music of the legendary pianist Kenny Barron with Kenny Barron on piano, Dezron Douglas (b) and Johnathan Blake (d). This songbook is 14 of Kenny’s best compositions over two discs. There’s a jovial groove that swings on “Cooks Bay” with Greg varying the mood shifting from sax to flute. There is sweet sax harmony on “Innocence”, passion on “Rain” and a hard swing on “Voyage”, just a few of the highlights.
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O’s Place Jazz Magazine Reviews Gratitude by Greg Abate

O’s Place Jazz Magazine Reviews Gratitude by Greg Abate

Check out the latest review of Greg Abate’s live album, Gratitude, courtesy of O’s Place Jazz Magazine!
O’s Notes: Greg Abate is mixing things up on Gratitude; a scintillating live set recorded at The Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, MA, an intimate setting with one-take, spontaneous recordings. The program includes mostly original music, some new, some old and a few classic covers. There’s high style swinging on “Bop Lives” with a cool solo by bassist John Lockwood. Lockwood returns to the spotlight on “Jitterbug Waltz”, this time sharing the stage with pianist Tim Ray and drummer Mark Walker for great solos. Greg is literally “In the Stratosphere” leading the way with a blistering lead line on baritone sax. Abate plays alto, tenor and flute on this collection, a lively encounter!

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Greg Murphy: Album More than Just a “Bright Idea”

Greg Murphy: Album More than Just a “Bright Idea”

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O’s Notes: Greg is a polished keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger and the glue in his trio for Bright Idea, his latest release. Bassist Eric Wheeler bursts into the forefront even when he’s anchoring the rhythm. He also takes charge playing the melodies on ballads like “For My Mom”. There are lots of fun tunes here like “Happy” and “Softly As A Morning Sunrise” with a captivating solo by drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. Murphy composed 8 of the 13 tracks to keep the session fresh and engaging, more than just a bright idea.

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