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Greg Abate & Phil Woods: Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's

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Alto saxophonist Greg Abate is a man who has built a career as a powerhouse reed man and a proponent of the mainstream bebop style, earning the nickname “the prince of bebop." One of the kings of the genre, is unquestionably the legendary Phil Woods who blazed that trail before Abate and others followed. Captured live at Chan's Jazz & Blues Music Club in Rhode Island, Kindred Spirits documents two royals of the alto saxophone joining forces for, what would ...

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Greg Abate & Phil Woods: Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's

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The legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods' (1931-2015) health was failing at the time Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's was recorded, but you never know it by listening to the crisp delivery, the vitality of a hot bebop band playing in the mode of the iconic altoist Charlie Parker. Saxophonist Greg Abate joins Woods in the front line, and the Tim Ray Trio backs them up. It's not a first teaming for Abate and Woods. A student/mentor relationship exists ...

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Greg Abate Quartet: Motif

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A traveling jazz master with an international reputation as one of the top-tier saxophonist in the business today, Greg Abate and his distinguished quartet unveils a new Motif of splendid bebop sounds which, for this artist, is natural recurring theme. An expert of the bebop/post-bop sound he has performed for most of his career, Abate is recognized one of the finest proponents and interpreter of the style in the jazz world today. An Educator as well as ...

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Greg Abate: The World Can Sleep Better

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Only about 10 minutes late for a lunchtime interview with saxophonist Greg Abate, driving up to the restaurant he's clearly visible, standing by the door looking at his watch and scanning the parking lot with a slightly anxious expression on his face. Unlike some of the other famous and infamous players of bebop and jazz, Abate is very punctual. It's a habit he's picked up through the years of playing the music he loves and managing an often dauntingly complicated ...

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The Greg Abate Quartet Featuring Phil Woods: The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods

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Led by reed man, educator and Conn-Selmer clinician Greg Abate, The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods documents an electrifying set of bebop, straight-ahead and Latin styles featuring legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods as its marquee player. The quintet burns through an exciting ten-piece repertoire of Abate originals complimented by contributions from both Woods and pianist John Patrick. Abate, like Woods, is known for his mastery of the alto, but on this date his superb talents on the baritone, soprano ...

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Greg Abate Teaneck, NJ December 10, 2011

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Greg AbateTeaneck, NJDecember 10, 2011 “Capitalism Sucks," a mural by Mike Alewitz which graphically depicts the anti- democratic nature of capitalism, hangs on a wall behind the performance space at The Puffin Cultural Forum. An all-powerful puppet master and a host of minions from the clergy, academia and the media, all exploit the wealth created by a proletariat held in abject servitude by police, prisons, and the military. Alewitz's mural, part of an exhibition entitled “The ...

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Greg Abate Quartet at The Puffin Cultural Forum

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Greg Abate Quartet The Puffin Cultural Forum Teaneck, NJ January 27, 2007

“Bird never played one note of bullshit, Barry Harris once said about Charlie Parker. Harris' salty aphorism came to mind at the conclusion of Greg Abate's incendiary performance at the Puffin Cultural Forum. Although he's a stylistic descendent of Parker, by way of Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, and Cannonball Adderley, during a five-song set the alto saxophonist rose above the influences and ...

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Greg Abate Quintet: Monsters in the Night

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Saxophonist Greg Abate is one of a host of talented players who are largely overlooked by the jazz media and thus remain unknown to many fans of the music because they have chosen to stay close to home rather than move to Chicago, Los Angeles or the Big Apple to enhance their stature. Abate, a professional for more than thirty years, was born in Massachusetts, lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and performs mainly in the New England area with an ...


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