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Greg Abate, Charlie Persip & Steve Grossman

Read "Greg Abate, Charlie Persip & Steve Grossman" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with the Greg Abate Quintet and then go on marking the Charlie Parker centennial. Champian Fulton has a new album honoring Bird, Birdsong and we hear her take on “Yardbird Suite." There are profiles of Kenny Washington, Daniel Hersog and Hal Galper. We also pay respects to musicians that left us in August 2020, including Charlie Persip and Steve Grossman. Long live Bird and enjoy the music. Playlist Greg Abate Quintet “Tommyhawk" Dr. Jekyll ...

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Greg Abate: Man on a Journey

Read "Greg Abate: Man on a Journey" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

After a warm up tune by the trio of Frank Puzzullo on piano, Sam Edwards on bass and Edwin Hamilton on drums, a medium sized fellow with slicked back hair and very casual attire walks on stage. He seems almost reticent as he acknowledges his audience at Fox's Music House in North Charleston, South Carolina—most of whom have never heard of him other than whatever scant advance publicity they may have come across. One might almost expect a quiet, polite ...

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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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