Only about 10 minutes late for a lunchtime interview with saxophonist Greg Abate, driving up to the restaurant he's clearly visible, standing by the door looking at his watch and scanning the parking lot with a slightly anxious expression on his face. Unlike some of the other famous and infamous players of bebop and jazz, Abate is very punctual. It's a habit he's picked up through the years of playing the music he loves and managing an often dauntingly complicated career touring the world. Abate is one of today's definitive bebop players, respected by audiences and musicians alike. As such, ...read more
Led by reed man, educator and Conn-Selmer clinician Greg Abate, The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods documents an electrifying set of bebop, straight-ahead and Latin styles featuring legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods as its marquee player. The quintet burns through an exciting ten-piece repertoire of Abate originals complimented by contributions from both Woods and pianist John Patrick. Abate, like Woods, is known for his mastery of the alto, but on this date his superb talents on the baritone, soprano and flute are also on display.There's plenty of fire on this project, starting with the brisk bebop groove ...read more
Greg AbateTeaneck, NJDecember 10, 2011 Capitalism Sucks," a mural by Mike Alewitz which graphically depicts the anti- democratic nature of capitalism, hangs on a wall behind the performance space at The Puffin Cultural Forum. An all-powerful puppet master and a host of minions from the clergy, academia and the media, all exploit the wealth created by a proletariat held in abject servitude by police, prisons, and the military. Alewitz's mural, part of an exhibition entitled The Writing's On The Wall: Labor In The U.S.," made for a startling backdrop to a decidedly egalitarian set by saxophonist/flutist ...read more
Greg Abate Quartet The Puffin Cultural Forum Teaneck, NJ January 27, 2007
Bird never played one note of bullshit, Barry Harris once said about Charlie Parker. Harris' salty aphorism came to mind at the conclusion of Greg Abate's incendiary performance at the Puffin Cultural Forum. Although he's a stylistic descendent of Parker, by way of Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, and Cannonball Adderley, during a five-song set the alto saxophonist rose above the influences and evinced a fervent, individualistic streak. Fronting a tight and youthful ensemble responsive to his every move, Abate integrated exhilarating risk-taking ...read more
Saxophonist Greg Abate is one of a host of talented players who are largely overlooked by the jazz media and thus remain unknown to many fans of the music because they have chosen to stay close to home rather than move to Chicago, Los Angeles or the Big Apple to enhance their stature. Abate, a professional for more than thirty years, was born in Massachusetts, lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and performs mainly in the New England area with an occasional side trip to New York City, the West Coast or Europe. Hence his relative anonymity.
That's the downside. On ...read more
Jazz master and multi-saxophonist Greg Abate, long known as the prince of bebop," has thirteen previous recordings as a leader to his credit. Harnessing his physical style of play and combining it with his versatility on the saxophones and flute, he has made one hair-raising and jaw-dropping album with Monsters In The Night, whose nine tracks are dedicated to the monsters we've all come to love and fear.
Given this collection of original compositions with titles like Dracula" and Frankenstein," I frankly did not know what to expect. But after only one listen, I was shaken by just how good ...read more
If a new jazz listener asked me about hard bop sounds, I'd probably have to send them off to listen to recordings by drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers--and pianist Horace Silver, too, on his brief collaboration with Blakey's unit, as well as their separate subsequent careers apart. These two musicians, along with drummer Max Roach and trumpeter Clifford Brown, practically invented the hard bop genre.Or I could steer the inquisitive listener to saxophonist Greg Abate's Horace is Here, where Abate revisits the classic sounds of Horace Silver with an inspired reverence and spark. The group--all-stars all, ...read more
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