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Greg Diamond: Musings & Origins

Read "Musings & Origins" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Jazz guitarist Greg Diamond unveils his fourth album as leader, and his first solo recording, featuring thirteen original compositions specifically designed for the acoustic guitar. Musings & Origins captures an accomplished composer on a solo adventure performing original music created from 2002 to 2016. Preferring the acoustic guitar to other string instruments, Diamond's finger play and technique—well demonstrated here—provide ample testament to his skills as a musician and his mastery of his chosen instrument. Documenting his musical journey ...

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Album Review

Greg Diamond: Avenida Graham

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Brooklyn-based jazz guitarist Greg Diamond issues his most culturally diverse musical mosaic on Avenida Graham reflecting a blend of jazz and the Latin sound that has been an influential part of his life. Being half Eastern European Jewish and half Colombian, Diamond long ago learned to appreciate the Latin sounds listening to the music of Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon as he immersed himself in the jazz idiom later on. Living near Graham Avenue (aka Avenue of Puerto Rico) and ...

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Greg Diamond: Conduit as the Direction

Read "Greg Diamond: Conduit as the Direction" reviewed by Marta Ramon


Guitarist Greg Diamond has found his niche at the New York jazz scene. This cosmopolitan man knows how to pour both of his roots, New Yorker and Colombian, into his music. He has set his own style that lets his music be recognized. His playing has led him to perform with accomplished jazz musicians like saxophonist Seamus Blake, pianist Emilio Solla, trumpeter Philip Mossman and many others.At the beginning of the 2012, Diamond launched his second album, Conduit ...

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Greg Diamond: Conduit

Read "Conduit" reviewed by Edward Blanco


New York guitarist Greg Diamond follows up his well-received debut, Dancando Com Ale (Self Produced, 2008), with the equally impressive Conduit--a session of contemporary modern jazz infused with Latin rhythms and elements of jazz-rock fusion, funk, bebop and a touch of the blues. The music is a hodgepodge of different influences, melding nicely into one superb package performed by a first-rate group of players. A fixture in the city's vibrant jazz scene, Diamond has particular affinity for the Latin side ...

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Album Review

Greg Diamond: Dancando Com Ale

Read "Dancando Com Ale" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


The intended program that an artist brings to a recording date is usually a good measure of his or her maturity and confidence. For instance, to begin a record with a song that is complex, harmonically and rhythmically bodes well for what is to follow. Guitarist Greg Diamond thought it fitting to begin Dancando Com Ale with his foxy, polyrhythmic “Paradigma." By the time the saxophones leap out of the flames of the ensemble, a forest fire is burning. Now ...

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Take Five With Greg Diamond

Read "Take Five With Greg Diamond" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Greg Diamond:Greg Diamond is emerging in the New York jazz scene as a bandleader and sideman. He's performed at venues such as Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Rose Theater, (JALC) Smalls Jazz Club, The Knitting Factory, 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, and many others.

In 2007, he was invited to compete among six other finalists at the Gibson International Jazz Guitar Competition hosted by the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Greg has shared the stage with such notables as: ...

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Album Review

Greg Diamond: Dancando Com Ale

Read "Dancando Com Ale" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Guitarist and sideman Greg Diamond is a rising star in the New York jazz scene, and through the release of Dancando Com Aleon Chasm Records--his debut as leader--Diamond stakes his claim for a small piece of the jazz world with a gem of a recording. Providing stirring interpretations of Latin and contemporary jazz sounds, Diamond puts a shine on the album with exciting new compositions and stellar reads of some uncommon standards. Included in the repertoire are Brazilian ...


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