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Greg Howard's smooth jazz session features saxophone melodies, groove rhythms, and powerful electronic effects. The Chapman Stick, a 10-stringed electric instrument, allows the artist to use both hands, each with a tapping motion. Howard assumes the role of fusion guitarist. Along with Hubert Heeringa's ethereal soprano saxophone lines, he provides a contemporary front line that emphasizes pleasant harmony. Amplified sounds blend across the horizon while bass and drums provide varied textures. Vocal samples add to the fun. From world beat fusion to new age mixtures, Howard's band presents an eclectic program.
"The Offering" wanders off into avant-garde territory. Improvising with creative energy, the artists move toward dramatic tension. Several other pieces contain jazz tinges through their swinging rhythms and limited improvisation. Most of the session drifts through soprano saxophone landscapes which feature repetitive loops and percussive asides. "Blues for Ayman" presents a world view of jazz & blues, with multi-ethnic folkways and the infusion of a common base. It's the album's high point. Heeringa, Wolfkamp and Howard each stretch out with creative solo messages while van Olffen provides the rippled foundation. This one is an album of jazz, funk, experimental, pop and rock. Greg Howard's next one would do well to apply more "Blues for Ayman" across the board.
Track Listing: Dissent; Cross Country; The Offering; Still Water; Chrysalis; The Effect of Marco
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com