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Greg Skaff

Greg Skaff plumbs the depths of creative artistry and honest emotion in his guitar playing, showing himself to be among the leading proponents of jazz music anywhere. No exaggeration. The native Kansan, whose first professional job was a five-year stay in the band of saxophone giant Stanley Turrentine, has flourished as first-call sideman in New York City since the 1980s. He’s played gigs and/or recorded with past masters Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and David “Fathead” Newman as well as notables Ron Carter, Ben Allison, Bruce Barth, Pat Bianchi, George Colligan, Orin Evans, Joe Farnsworth, David Hazeltine, Mike LeDonne, Victor Lewis, Gloria Lynne, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Jim Rotondi, E

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Polaris

Label: SMK Jazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: Old Devil Moon; Angelica; Little Waltz (duo); Paris Eyes; Yesterdays; Mr. R.C.; Lady of the Lavender Mist; Polaris; Little Waltz (trio); Caminando; Ill Wind.

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Article: Album Review

Greg Skaff: Polaris

Read "Polaris" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The pandemic year of 2020 brought with it very little in terms of artistic endeavors, thanks to lockdowns and stay home orders. Yet even under extreme conditions, guitarist Greg Skaff managed to commit to tape some genuinely sublime music that is sure to be remembered as one of 2021'a most memorable releases. Of course, Skaff has ...

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MonkTime

Label: Jazz Avenue 1 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Well You Needn't; Monk's Dream; Monk's Mood; Blue Monk; Little Rootie Tootie; Ugly Beauty; Wee See; Epistrophy.

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: From the Inside Out

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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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East Harlem Skyline

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

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News: Recording

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 ...


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