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Greg Lewis

New York native, keyboardist Greg Lewis, a highly accomplished mainstay on the city's jazz, blues and funk scenes, who has earned a solid reputation for his versatile work around town in a vast variety of settings, steps out front for the first time on his debut CD Organ Monk. Lewis' sensitive and soulful keyboard playing has made him a favorite among some of the music's finest vocalists - including blues queen Sweet Georgia Brown, jazz and soul songstress, Lezlie Harrison and ex-Brooklyn Funk Essentials singer / songwriter Stephanie McKay — and earned him a featured role on saxophonist Sam Newsome's Groove Project recording 24/7. Now on Organ Monk the spotlight is finally shined on his enormous talents as the leader of his own all-star trio featuring multitalented guitarist Ron Jackson and drummer extraordinaire Cindy Blackman.



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Sound for Sore Ears; Karita; Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; A Letter to the Ancestors; Beatitudes-Interlude; One by One; Gettin’ It; Beatrice; Perseverance; Golden; Beatitudes.

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Gregory Lewis


Gregory Lewis, an accomplished mainstay across New York City jazz and blues scenes, is best known for his domination of the Hammond organ and his mastery of the music of the great pianist-composer Thelonious Monk. Growing up as a 70's kid in Long Island City, part of Lewis' societal foundation is deeply rooted in the height of the soul and funk eras. He would eventually fall in love with Monk’s work through his father’s record collection; furthermore, the understandably lasting impression was enough to inspire the young listener to devotedly study the idiosyncratic music for piano


Article: Album Review

Melvin Smith: Perseverance

Read "Perseverance" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Perseverance, Florida-bred saxophonist Melvin Smith's seventh album as leader of his own group, is a hard-blowing session on which he shows (again) that he is one of the leading bop-based reed masters on today's scene. On soprano or tenor, Smith displays a clarity of purpose and storehouse of astute phrases that serve him well at any ...


Article: Liner Notes

Organ Monk: Uwo In the Black

Read "Organ Monk: Uwo In the Black" reviewed by Howard Mandel

Organ Monk is the inspired--some might say “mad"--project of Brooklyn-based keyboardist Greg Lewis to play the unique compositions of Thelonious Monk as they've never been played before. Lewis throws down Monk's memorable turns of melody and digs into his harmonic insights, mostly at groovin' rhythms, on the Hammond C 3 organ. It's tempting to say Lewis' ...


Article: Liner Notes

Greg Lewis' Organ Monk: American Standard

Read "Greg Lewis' Organ Monk: American Standard" reviewed by Howard Mandel

Thelonious Monk was an American original, a unique figure of his time and place. So is Greg Lewis, organist at the helm of Organ Monk, which on American Standard expands upon its mission of interpreting Monk's own compositions, just as Monk did himself. American Standard, Organ Monk's third album, takes up classic songs from ...


Gild The Black Lily

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Black Cowgirl Song; John the Revelator; The Whiskey Wouldn't Let Me Pray; Oleander; Take It To The Limit; Lonesome Road; This Yearning Thing; Our Dying Day; All That We Are; He Thinks I Still Care; Wishin' On The Cars; I Love You; The Whiskey Wouldn't Let Me Pray.


Trust Me

Label: WMC records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Trust Me; St Marteen Swing; Native Son; Learn From Youir Mistakes; Just A Matter of Time; Distant Lover; Dance Once; Cuban Sunset


Article: Album Review

Gerry Eastman Trio: Trust Me

Read "Trust Me" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trust Me embodies more than an hour of tasteful contemporary jazz by a decisively hip guitar/organ/drums trio led by New York-bred Gerry Eastman on guitar with Greg Lewis at the Hammond B3 and Taru Alexander manning the drum set. The program consists of eight of Eastman's original compositions, each of which is polished and credible but ...


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Fresh Voices: Gretje Angell, Deb Bowman, Emma Frank, and Kelley Suttenfield

Read "Fresh Voices: Gretje Angell, Deb  Bowman, Emma Frank, and Kelley Suttenfield" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The first musical instrument was the human voice and there always seems to be emerging jazz singers presenting their spin on the practice. Here are four of the more recent. Gretje Angell In Any Key Grevlinto 2019 Akron, Ohio's Gretje Angell is a third generation jazz musician and ...


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