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by Joe Dimino
From modern day saxophonist Greg Tardy, we swing into the 685th Episode of Neon Jazz. This show features a host of songs from artists who released music during 2020. We also talked to quite a few musicians during that pandemic year for their wisdom and insights into survival during an era of no live music. They include David Sills, Sara Caswell and Michelle Lordi. Finally, we say farewell to prolific composer Sammy Nestico. Playlist Greg Tardy I Swing ...read more
by George Colligan
[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] This past August, I did a concert with The Greg Tardy Quintet at Small's Jazz Club in New York City. The performance was significant in that it was the first time (except for one other gig earlier in the month) that I had shared the stage with tenor saxophonist Tardy in nearly a decade. I decided that he was a musician who would be interesting ...read more
by Matthew Miller
Of the many stars to have emerged on the jazz horizon during the '90s, one of the most disciplined, emotive and perhaps underrated is the multifaceted Gregory Tardy. The Truth finds him leading a stellar quintet with trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Helen Sung, the propulsive bassist Sean Conly, and the talented drummer Jaimeo Brown. As evinced in the liner notes and in the titles of the five compositions penned by Tardy, the saxophonist is a deeply religious ...read more
by AAJ Staff
An abundance of conceptual borrowing characterizes Gregory Tardy’s first release for Palmetto. Tardy cut his debut album nearly ten years ago and has been a not unknown figure on the jazz scene for the past six. His path has crossed with a number of recognizable names: Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann. Evidently heavily influenced by John Coltrane, Tardy lifts wholesale ideas the jazz great originated. He dedicates Warring Spirits", a work in three movements, to God. The parallel to ...read more
by Mark Corroto
Saxophonist Greg Tardy distinguishes himself as a thoughtful composer and interpreter on his latest release and debut recording for Palmetto Records. The New Orleans-raised musician takes a giant step forward with a record of great depth and feeling. Tardy has been an in-demand sideman for Elvin Jones and Russell Gunn. He has recently worked and recorded with Andrew Hill on the award-winning 2000 release Dusk (Palmetto) and with the Dave Douglas Sextet Soul On Soul (RCA/Victor 2000). His ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Predjudice on the Shortfall. I tend to be fairly cautious when approaching recordings that are ostensibly spiritually or religiously conceived or motivated. I have found that Divine Inspiration does not always equate to listenable music. It is a sticky wicket to address spiritual inspiration with the music, but it is not a musician's personal motivation I am interested in; it is just that the music swings. Having said all of that, New Orleans-native Gregory Tardy's The Hidden Light, by my ...read more
by Jim Santella
Greg Tardy’s third release as a leader drives the mainstream highways with both a classic quartet and quintet format. Two-thirds of the album is original material that the saxophonist personalizes with an impressionistic touch. Working with Elvin Jones from 1993-95 has left a driving, forceful influence with Tardy; yet his heart moves him to other places as well.
Composed for a friend, pianist James Hurt, Mr. Hurt" is built on the chord changes to What Is This Thing Called Love," ...read more