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Greg Skaff is a NYC-based musician and composer whose skills and reputation place him among the premier guitarists in jazz. Fresh to the Big Apple in the ‘80s, Skaff had his first professional gig with none other than Stanley Turrentine--which went so well the sax master kept him gainfully employed for the next five years. In subsequent years Greg has flourished as both a sideman and bandleader and played and recorded with, among others, Bobby Watson, Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Gloria Lynne, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, Bruce Barth, Mike LeDonne, Joe Farnsworth, Matt Wilson, Ben Allison, Orrin Evans, and Victor Lewis. At the helm of his own bands, Greg--with his creativity, his passionate touch, and his impressive technique on prominent display--has seized the attention of discriminating listeners at leading Manhattan jazz clubs and at concert venues worldwide

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DSC Band: Monk Time

Read "Monk Time" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

MonkTime is Leon Lee Dorsey's first album as a leader in twenty years and in this case, patience truly is a virtue: The bassist's tribute to the legendary composer and pianist simultaneously debuts Dorsey's new band, a trio with guitarist Greg Skaff and drummer Mike Clark, the standard for contemporary jazz-rock and jazz-funk drumming who sticks ...

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Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

Read "Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet Long Waves Unit Records 2019 Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti balances in the middle of three jazz generations, the father of saxophonist Gianluca and son of saxophonist Flavio, who once played opposite Charlie Parker at the Paris Jazz Festival. Although he grew up studying classical ...

Soulmation

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Conjure; Genmaicha; Soulmation; Mother Rootl Smoke In The Sun; Bottom Feeder; Fleurette Africaine; Porcupine Hat; Talisman; Juke; Snake Oil; Somewhere In The Middle East.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Greg Skaff: Soulmation

Read "Soulmation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Greg Skaff is all about the grease, grit, and grooves on Soulmation. It's a logical extension of his previous work--guitar-fronted organ group dates like East Harlem Skyline (Zoho Music, 2009) and 116th & Park (Zoho Music, 2012)--but it's a tad heavier, raunchier, and funkier than anything Skaff threw us on those records. His approach here ...

East Harlem Skyline

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: Willie D; Contrary to Popular Motion; Angola; Tropicalia; Yasmine

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Greg Skaff Releases Instrumental Jazz CD "East Harlem Skyline"

Greg Skaff Releases Instrumental Jazz CD "East Harlem Skyline"

New York, NY-February 9, 2009 - Greg Skaff brings the harmony of life and expertise to every song he creates. Just as they were on his previous release on Zoho Music, Ellington Boulevard, the spirits of guitar and organ trios of the past are honored with the new release East Harlem Skyline. Skaff creates a bevy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Greg Skaff: East Harlem Skyline

Read "East Harlem Skyline" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The organ-led trio has long been a fascination for guitarist Greg Skaff--especially when a guitar is involved. So it follows that he borrows from the playbooks of guitarists like George Benson and Wes Montgomery, and organists like Jimmy Smith and Don Patterson.East Harlem Skyline brings Skaff together with Hammond B-3 organists George Colligan and ...

Ellington Boulevard

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2004
Track listing: Baku; Rambler; Super 80; Blues for Mr. T; Delphia; Inception; Poundcake; Isfahan; Highway 54

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Greg Skaff: Ellington Boulevard

Read "Ellington Boulevard" reviewed by John Kelman

Recording studios can be cold and uninviting places. Without the ambience of a live room and an eager audience, some artists are challenged to capture the fire and the energy that results from the feedback of a receptive group of listeners. As wonderful as many studio recordings are, they don't always succeed in portraying what the ...


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