3

Greg Nagy: Stranded

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Greg Nagy: Stranded First, of course, is the voice. Tonally-even voices are boring. That explains the appeal of voices like Louis Armstrong's (pitch-perfect gravel in a coffee can); Richard Manuel's (pleading voice of a dying man); Levon Helm's (Scotch-Irish Delta dirt) and Neil Young's (dry ice on the range). Greg Nagy has a voice like that. It is beautifully shaped out of Detroit grit, tobacco, and haze. Nagy's voice is informed equally by every Motown act he heard in his 1960's youth as well as those coming out of Memphis during the same period. The title cut frames Nagy squarely in a soul—R&B intersection. Recalling David Ruffin more than Eddie Kendricks, Nagy possesses the necessary vocal edge to set him far apart from his contemporaries.

Second is the guitar. Nagy favors Fender Stratocasters played with little or no overdrive, producing a slinky, spacious sound that recalls Funk Brother Joe Messina. This is most evident on the soul-centered pieces like "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" and "Welcome Home." He can play the blues also. "Long Way to Memphis" digs out a Delta groove allowing Nagy ample room to stretch. Nagy's blues retain a polished sophistication that is the mark of much study and practice. As Nagy's third full-length release, Stranded further promotes the artist's unique bona fides and reflects his dedication to not only the old, but also the new.

Track Listing: Stranded; Walk Out That Door; Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City; I Won’t Give Up; Run Away with You; Long Way to Memphis; Still Doing Fine; Been Such a Long Time; Sometimes; Welcome Home.

Personnel: Greg Nagy: vocals, guitar; Jim Alfredson: keyboards, background vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10), percussion (2, 8, 9); Joseph Veloz: bass (1-3, 5, 7-10); Jim Shaneberger: bass (4, 6); Scott Veenstra: drums (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10); Glenn Giordano: drums (2, 9); David Gross: drums (4); Bill Vits: percussion; Zach Zunis: guitar (9); Marcie Allen: background vocals (1, 3, 5, 7); Jen Sygit: background vocals (1, 3, 5, 7); Heather Jones: background vocals (4); Denny Jones: background vocals (4).

Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Big O Records | Style: Blues


Shop

More Articles

Read Cross My Palm With Silver CD/LP/Track Review Cross My Palm With Silver
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read One Minute Later CD/LP/Track Review One Minute Later
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2017
Read JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800° CD/LP/Track Review JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800°
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Ephimeral CD/LP/Track Review Ephimeral
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Fly or Die CD/LP/Track Review Fly or Die
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Speechless CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus" CD/LP/Track Review Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs
by Jim Trageser
Published: November 25, 2016
Read "Wish You Were Here" CD/LP/Track Review Wish You Were Here
by Jim Olin
Published: April 3, 2017
Read "Spirit Forward" CD/LP/Track Review Spirit Forward
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "windS" CD/LP/Track Review windS
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 31, 2016
Read "The Magical Forest" CD/LP/Track Review The Magical Forest
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 6, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!