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Greg Abate & The Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Read "Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

If you are going to be a bebop purist, you have to resist the temptation to dress your music up to appeal to the masses. Greg Abate is one of those brave souls who worship at the altar of Charlie Parker, and depends on pure inspiration to capture his audience's attention. Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z is his latest recording and, according to form, there are no pop tunes or electric helpmates and gimmicks. The album ...

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Greg Abate & The Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Read "Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If somehow you haven't yet heard saxophonist Greg Abate (pronounced Uh-BAH-tay), now in his seventh decade and as sharp and eloquent an orator as ever, it is high time you did. The Rhode Island native is an earnest post-bopper from the Phil Woods / Bud Shank school of straight-on swinging, and Gratitude, Abate's fourth album with the admirable Tim Ray Trio, happens upon the ensemble in blue-chip form in a lively concert recorded on the cozy stage of the Zeiterion ...

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Greg Abate with the Tim Ray Trio: Road to Forever

Read "Road to Forever" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Greg Abate's name isn't often broached when debating the merits of contemporary jazz saxophonists. It should be. While perhaps best known for his work on alto, the Rhode Island-based swinger proves on Road to Forever, recorded with his regular working trio, not only that his talents on soprano, tenor sax and flute are exemplary, but that he is equally adept as a composer / arranger. Each of the ten songs on Road to Forever was written and ...

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

Read "Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's" reviewed by Edward Blanco

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

Read "Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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

Read "Motif" reviewed by Edward Blanco

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 ...

PROFILE

Greg Abate: The World Can Sleep Better

Read "Greg Abate: The World Can Sleep Better" reviewed by Rob Mariani

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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