Greg Smith CD Release Party on September 16, 2006


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Tampa Based Composer, Guitarist Displays Depth, Beauty and Technical Prowess on His Release Above the Clouds


Greg Smith will be releasing Above the Clouds on Saturday, September 16, 2006, in his home town of Tampa, Florida. Above the Clouds is a warm blend of smooth-jazz, world music and new age, in a rich tapestry of Americana, served up in a style uniquely rooted in Smith's experiences.

Smith has been a vital part of the music scene since 1966. Having attended Berklee College of Music, Smith picked up the basics for formulating his unique approach to the guitar and composition from influences in school, mentors, and personal experiences that come from many years on the bandstand. Smith has studied with Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell and Manfredo Fest.

Some of his highlight performances have been with such icons as; Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Edgar Winter, Juliette Lewis and many others. These opportunities to share the bandstand with these greats have further shaped Greg Smith into the player and composer he is today. Above the Clouds is a culmination of these experiences. Please join Smith and his quartet as he debuts the cuts to his latest release with audiences in Florida on September 16, 2006 at A Taste for Wine, it's guaranteed to raise your awareness to a whole new level.

Robert Silverstein of 20th Century Guitar describes Smiths latest release: “Mixing straight ahead and smooth jazz, Brazilian and a touch of new age, guitarist Greg Smith strives towards gaining his own voice in the guitar world and finds it with his 2006 CD Above the Clouds. In the spirit of some of Pat Metheny's jazzier, less ethereal acoustic moments, Smith's instrumental guitar sounds often defies easy category but either way he grooves the spirit is quite strong on Above the Clouds. Having studied in the early '70s at Berklee with Metheny, Larry Coryell and Jeff Berlin, the Florida based Smith is hardly a novice and throughout the CD he demonstrates a masterful touch on his PRS, Taylor, Gitane and Yamaha guitars, Above the Clouds is a well-recorded CD filled with memorable guitar sounds."

Who: Greg Smith and his quartet
When: Saturday, September 16, 2006 Time: 8:30- 11:00
Where: A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave St Pete, Florida 33701
Venue Phone: (727)895 1623
Tickets: Free to Public

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