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Album Review

Gary Versace: Outside In

Read "Outside In" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Coming in on the most recent wave of popularity for the Hammond B3 organ, Gary Versace has quickly established his reputation on the New York scene. A versatile and chameleon-like musician, Versace's approach to the instrument is unique in that he strives for his own sound, while avoiding the copycat sounds or runs of such modern icons such as Jimmy Smith or Jack McDuff. Most recently, he has brought much of his talents to the fore working with drummer Matt ...


Multiple Reviews

Gary Versace: Four Views of a Sideman

Read "Gary Versace: Four Views of a Sideman" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Although Gary Versace isn't the leader on any of these four CDs, there's an obvious reason why each artist chose Versace for their respective record date; the organist/pianist brings strong technique and skill as an improviser while maintaining a degree of restraint to meet the needs of each leader. Andy Laverne Trio Intelligent Design Steeplechase 2007 Although Intelligent Design isn't the first band to feature both a pianist ...


Multiple Reviews

Gary Versace: Many Places & Organic-Lee

Read "Gary Versace: Many Places & Organic-Lee" reviewed by Matthew Miller

Gary Versace Many Places SteepleChase 2006 Lee Konitz/Gary Versace Organic-Lee Going Places SteepleChase 2006

For those who've yet to hear the multifaceted Gary Versace in action, there is no better time than the present. His two most recent efforts, Many Places, a trio date featuring his soulful Hammond B3, ...


Album Review

Gary Versace: Time and Again

Read "Time and Again" reviewed by John Kelman

Gary Versace sure gets around. Since relocating to New York in 2002 following a ten-year professorship at the University of Oregon, he's become such an in-demand player that he's rarely at home--a situation bound to remain status quo well into 2006. Whether playing accordion on Maria Schneider's acclaimed Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004), piano on John Hollenbeck's multifaceted large ensemble A Blessing (OmniTone, 2005), or organ in John Scofield's Ray Charles Tribute touring band, his amazing flexibility is becoming ...


Album Review

Gary Versace: Time and Again

Read "Time and Again" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Some band leaders put recordings together as if they should be the only soloist, the other musicians mere accompanists. Gary Versace, here as organist, has successfully sidestepped that boring, egotistical approach. “First Things Last, a simple piece that serves the function of an up-tempo swing tune, is a good example of how the band really plays together. It's great to hear how drummer Billy Hart and Versace interact during his organ solo, trading snappy rhythmic ideas. Rich Perry's tenor solo ...


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