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“I have been paying attention to Greg Reitan for several years now, finding him to be a pianist and composer who is already quite impressive and who seems to have a great deal of rapidly developing potential.” - Orrin Keepnews, from the liner notes for Antibes, released January 12, 2010 on Sunnyside Records A native of Seattle, WA, Greg Reitan’s interest in music began at the age of ten. “I was fortunate to study with a number of great musicians,” he says, ‘[including] pianists Joni Metcalf, Dave Peck and composer/drummer Jerry Granelli. Summers were spent at the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop at Port Townsend, WA, where I studied piano with Hal Galper and arranging with John Clayton.” He won two scholarships to the Berklee School of Music, and the Kreielsheimer Scholarship at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Greg relocated to Los Angeles in 1991, attended the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a Herb Alpert Merit and Dean’s Scholar, studying composition with Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli and Erica Muhl; piano with Milcho Leviev and Terry Trotter, and film composition with David Raksin and Christopher Young

West 60th

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Hindemith; West 60th; When You Are Near; Momentum; Little One; Lines; Luminosity; Fluence; Four Piano Blues, Movement No. 3; Man Overboard; Epilogue.

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Greg Reitan: West 60th

Read "West 60th" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Greg Reitan is based in Los Angeles, a good place to take advantage of the work he has found in film and television. He has also served up four previous top-shelf jazz trio recordings, beginning with his terrific debut, Some Other Time (2009), followed up by Antibes (2010), Daybreak (2011) and Post No Bills, all ...

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Greg Reitan: West 60th

Read "West 60th" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

The collaboration of musicians unaccustomed to each other often yields unexpected and occasionally brilliant results. There is no substitute however, for familiarity. Greg Reitan has played with the same trio consisting of bassist Jack Daro and drummer Dean Koba for over two decades, and their resulting musicianship is versatile yet comfortable. It may have been recorded ...

Post No Bills

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: The Mourning of a Star; One Day I'll Fly Away; Stella By Starlight; Lonely Woman; Spring; I Loves You Porgy; Windows; After the War; Post No Bills; Solitude.

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Greg Reitan: Post No Bills

Read "Post No Bills" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Los Angeles-based pianist/composer Greg Reitan's Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records) vied for the honors of “Debut of the Year" in 2009. Using his same trio--with bassist Jack Daro and drummer Dean Koba--Reitan followed up that auspicious start with two more outstanding sets, Antibes (2010) and Daybreak (2011), both for the Sunnyside label. With this ...

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Dan Cavanagh Trio: The Heart of the Geyser

Read "The Heart of the Geyser" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There's no arguing that the best of the best in the piano trio field comes from the longterm units: on the younger end of the spectrum there's Brad Mehldau's group with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, who replaced his long term predecessor in that chair, Jorge Rossy; and, of course, on the legendary end, ...

Daybreak

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Daybreak; Once Upon a Summertime; Monk's Mood; Five Four; The Bells of Soledad; Toy Tune; Chelsea Bridge; Iridescence; Blue in Green; The Great Pumpkin Waltz; Lament.

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Greg Reitan: Daybreak

Read "Daybreak" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Greg Reitan has, since 1995, carved out a career as an award-winning composer for television and film. It wasn't until 2009, however, that the Los Angeles-based pianist released his first jazz CD, one of the top piano trio recordings of the year, Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records). Reitan followed up this excellent debut with another top-level ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: Rruga

Read "Rruga" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The piano trio--piano, bass and drums--can seem something of an anachronism in a time when musical artists make use of synthesizers, electronics, laptops and loops to craft their sounds. But scores of pianists still go to the acoustic trio format as one of their primary means of expression. In looking toward jazz veterans, Keith Jarrett and ...


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