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Greg Abate

Greg Abate, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 150 days a year touring the globe. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area, and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson in 1986 and ’87. Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S

Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2019
Track listing: Gratitude; Bop Lives; Hazy Moon; In the Stratosphere; Farewell Phil Woods; Serenade to a Cuckoo; Jitterbug Waltz; Gemini; Dracula; For the Love of Life; Inner Urge.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Greg Abate, Al Foster and more

Read "Greg Abate, Al Foster and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with the talented LA-based piano and composer Kait Dunton spinning her title track off Planet D'Earth. From there, we get into her influence, Diana Krall, some new Al Foster and a live cut from Greg Abate. We move on focusing on Jaelem Bhate and Georgia Webe. And in between it all, some ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

Road to Forever

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2017
Track listing: Road to Forever; City of 2-5s; The Dancing Panda; Take the Crowell Train; Farewell Phil Woods; Whaling City Sound; Red Fish Boulevard; Seasons; Buzzardology; Mr. Parker.

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

A bebopper through and through

A bebopper through and through

Greg Abate got hooked on the 1950s hard-bop style that evolved from bebop, and he has made himself a career of bringing that intense sound to audiences across the U.S. and around the globe. Much like two other alto sax players with whom he has recorded, Richie Cole and the late Phil Woods, Abate developed into ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan's

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2016
Track listing: CD 1: Steeplechase (Thriving on a Riff); A Sleepin' Bee, The End of a Love Affair; Angel Eyes; Cedar's Blues; Willow Weep For Me; Steeplechase (short version); Fried Clams With Bellies (spoken); Phil and Sequel (spoken); Emotionally Involved (spoken); Different Keys (spoken). CD 2: I'll remember April: Moonlight in Vermont; Speak Low; Strollin' Yardbird Suite; Moonlight in Vermont (short version); The First One's Free (spoken)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tim Ray Trio: Windows

Read "Windows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Tim Ray Trio supplied the spirited accompaniment on Kindred Spirits (Whaling City Sound, 2016), behind saxophonists Greg Abate and the legendary Phil Woods. But they got the chance to step out--sax men taking a break--with a peppery take on Kurt Weill's classic “Speak Low," which serves as a preview of sorts for the Tim Ray ...


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