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Greg Chako: Everybody's Got A Name

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Guitarist/composer/bandleader Greg Chako has recorded in varied venues and formats--performing in duet, trio and here in quartet. Paint A Picture, Tell A Story (CPB, 2007) even made use of marquee names Don Byron and Delfeayo Marsalis. It remains a mystery why he hasn't achieved wider acclaim and better gigs. Perhaps the use of a creative album cover could make a difference.

Chako and the members of his quartet make use of classic jazz album covers in which the fonts, colors and styles of the past are recreated by these four musicians. Here, Chako's preferred album, The ...

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Everybody's Got A Name

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Greg Chako Everybody's Got A Name Self Published 2008

Guitarist and composer Greg Chako is the consummate musician who, despite personal hardships in his life, dedicates himself to the art of jazz with every fiber of his being, producing one fine album after another. Everybody's Got a Name is his ninth album overall, and fourth in a little over a two-year period. The music contained in his previous releases explored the expressive side of his creative compositions, and helped establish Chako as a master guitarist. With only three standards on the program, ...

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Greg Chako: Paint A Picture, Tell A Story

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Perhaps reviewing guitarist Greg Chako's Where We Find Ourselves (CPB, 2006) and Two's Company, Three's A Crowd Jazz Duets (CPB, 2006), explains why his adventures, both musical and otherwise, remain amazing.

From Boston's Berklee College of Music, Chako relocated to New York, where he discovered his talent for culinary arts. In Amherst, Massachusetts, working as a chef, Chako found that he had talent as a jazz promoter of concerts and festivals, which also gave him access to top-level musicians. He then returned to his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became a bandleader, booking agent ...

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Take Five With Greg Chako

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Meet Greg Chako: USA born, Greg distinguished himself early on as an exceptional guitarist by placing second in the American Guild of Music Competition at age 11. After receiving formal education at Berklee Collage of Music in Boston, he began performing and promoting jazz, including appearances with leading artists. He has overcome many obstacles in life, like a physical disability of the wrist called carpal-tunnel syndrome, divorce, and the sudden death of his second wife due to breast cancer. He now resides in Yokohama, Japan. He has lived in four Asian countries, and has made a professional living ...

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Greg Chako: Two's Company, Three's A Crowd Jazz Duets

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Having lived and worked in Singapore and Japan, guitarist/composer/entrepreneur Greg Chako takes this occasion to provide us with a series of duets with vocalist Andrea Hopkins and pianists Hiroshi Tanaka and Homei Matsumoto. When Chako arrived in Japan in 2004, he found a steady guitar/piano duo gig at the famed Imperial Hotel--the first time he worked without a bassist. Chako dubbed the ensemble “The Imperial Duo." On this recording he adds several vocals provided by the Atlanta-based Andrea Hopkins. Chako met the singer on one of these “bass-less" events and was impressed with her flexibility and stage presence. ...

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Greg Chako: Where We Find Ourselves

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Guitarist Greg Chako has led quite an interesting life. In addition to being a musician and composer, Chako has been a business entrepreneur both within and outside of the music industry. His life experience has led him to travel widely and explore different cultures.

After three years of study at the Berklee School of Music, he moved to New York. Taking jobs in restaurant kitchens, Chako discovered that he had expertise in food preparation, and later, he found that he had a real talent in jazz music promotion for festivals and live concerts. Chako returned to his native ...

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Greg Chako: Where We Find Ourselves

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With his sextet of jazz improvisers and program of original tunes, guitarist Greg Chako stretches out with a smooth session of aural impressions. Warmth, inner passion and heartfelt charm pervade his writing, which addresses matters of the heart.

The ensemble casts a varied shadow that's dominated by the sound of saxophone, trombone, guitar and a flowing rhythm section. Chako's fluid guitar brings cool harmony and mellow improvisation to the scene, while his band colors the performance with surrounding walls of consonance.

Takachan, a contrafact of “Emily, features bassist Mark Tourian in a lovely soliloquy that jibes ...



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