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Greg Diamond: Conduit as the Direction

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Guitarist Greg Diamond has found his niche at the New York jazz scene. This cosmopolitan man knows how to pour both of his roots, New Yorker and Colombian, into his music. He has set his own style that lets his music be recognized. His playing has led him to perform with accomplished jazz musicians like saxophonist Seamus Blake, pianist Emilio Solla, trumpeter Philip Mossman and many others.At the beginning of the 2012, Diamond launched his second album, Conduit (Dot Time Records, 2012), which marks a first step of maturity in his professional career. This album, made up entirely ...

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Greg Diamond: Conduit

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New York guitarist Greg Diamond follows up his well-received debut, Dancando Com Ale (Self Produced, 2008), with the equally impressive Conduit--a session of contemporary modern jazz infused with Latin rhythms and elements of jazz-rock fusion, funk, bebop and a touch of the blues. The music is a hodgepodge of different influences, melding nicely into one superb package performed by a first-rate group of players. A fixture in the city's vibrant jazz scene, Diamond has particular affinity for the Latin side of jazz and continues this love affair here as evident on such pieces as “Inertia," “El Martillo" (the hammer) and ...

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Greg Diamond: Dancando Com Ale

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The intended program that an artist brings to a recording date is usually a good measure of his or her maturity and confidence. For instance, to begin a record with a song that is complex, harmonically and rhythmically bodes well for what is to follow. Guitarist Greg Diamond thought it fitting to begin Dancando Com Ale with his foxy, polyrhythmic “Paradigma." By the time the saxophones leap out of the flames of the ensemble, a forest fire is burning. Now it's impossible to cool the gathering heat. Next Diamond flits in and out of the track harmonizing with muffled chords ...

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Take Five With Greg Diamond

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Meet Greg Diamond:Greg Diamond is emerging in the New York jazz scene as a bandleader and sideman. He's performed at venues such as Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Rose Theater, (JALC) Smalls Jazz Club, The Knitting Factory, 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, and many others.

In 2007, he was invited to compete among six other finalists at the Gibson International Jazz Guitar Competition hosted by the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Greg has shared the stage with such notables as: Seamus Blake, Antonio Hart, Rolando Briceño, Michael Philip Mossman, Hector Martignon, Don Friedman, Sonny Murray, and many others.

Greg has ...

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Greg Diamond: Dancando Com Ale

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Guitarist and sideman Greg Diamond is a rising star in the New York jazz scene, and through the release of Dancando Com Aleon Chasm Records--his debut as leader--Diamond stakes his claim for a small piece of the jazz world with a gem of a recording. Providing stirring interpretations of Latin and contemporary jazz sounds, Diamond puts a shine on the album with exciting new compositions and stellar reads of some uncommon standards. Included in the repertoire are Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal's percussive “Rebulico" featuring the guitarist's splendid riffs, the Ramon “Mongo" Santamaria tune “Sofrito," and Spanish composer Xavier ...

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Greg Diamond: Dancando Com Ale

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When Latin jazz is on the menu, the electric guitar is not the first thing that comes to mind. That's where Greg Diamond steps in. Backed by a small, but versatile ensemble, he explores the genre on Dancando Com Ale.Diamond is a bandleader and sideman on the New York jazz scene, with a master's degree in jazz performance from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y. In 2008, he competed with six other finalists in the International Jazz Guitar Competition hosted by the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Among those he has shared ...



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