East Harlem Skyline

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Virtuoso N.Y.C.-based guitarist and composer Greg Skaff launched his career in the '80s with sax great Stanley Turrentine, laying a five-year foundation that in turn led Skaff to an exciting career as a sideman working in the studio or live with everyone from Bobby Watson, Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and David "Fathead" Newman to Kevin Mahogany, Gloria Lynne, and Matt Wilson. In 2004, he stepped out with his own organ trio on the well-received debut Ellington Boulevard, which had him jamming with Hammond B-3 master Mike LeDonne and drummer Joe Farnsworth. As he looks jammingly toward the East Harlem Skyline with verve, swing, and crisp electric joy and precision, he's ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Virtuoso N.Y.C.-based guitarist and composer Greg Skaff launched his career in the '80s with sax great Stanley Turrentine, laying a five-year foundation that in turn led Skaff to an exciting career as a sideman working in the studio or live with everyone from Bobby Watson, Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and David "Fathead" Newman to Kevin Mahogany, Gloria Lynne, and Matt Wilson. In 2004, he stepped out with his own organ trio on the well-received debut Ellington Boulevard, which had him jamming with Hammond B-3 master Mike LeDonne and drummer Joe Farnsworth. As he looks jammingly toward the East Harlem Skyline with verve, swing, and crisp electric joy and precision, he's working with some new players -- George Colligan on the B-3 and drummer E.J. Strickland; track one, the distorted, hypnotic funk jam original "Willie D," was from another session and features George Laks B-3 and Charlie Drayton drums. With that rousing start out of the way, Skaff gets down to business with his regular guys, darting swiftly in and out of the organ harmony swells and snappy skinning on "Contrary to Popular Motion" and "Twenty Three," then simmering down for some cool chillout here and there the meditative "Tropicalia". Complementing his six compelling mood-swinging originals are well-rendered covers of popular tracks by Wayne Shorter the shimmering, densely bluesy "Angola", Billy Strayhorn the thoughtful ballad "Lotus Blossom", and Fiona Apple a distortion-filled rock jam spin on the aptly titled "Fast as You Can". Looking at the skyline, the jazz blues aficionado will be grooving mightily with Greg Skaff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Zoho Music
  • UPC: 880956090221
  • Catalog Number: 200902
  • Sales rank: 143,898

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Willie D (5:11)
  2. 2 Contrary to Popular Motion (4:51)
  3. 3 Angola (6:40)
  4. 4 Tropicalia (7:52)
  5. 5 Yasmine's Dance (5:18)
  6. 6 Twenty-Three (4:47)
  7. 7 Lodestar (6:30)
  8. 8 Lotus Blossom (2:45)
  9. 9 Ultimatum (6:58)
  10. 10 Fast as You Can (7:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Greg Skaff Primary Artist, Guitar
George Colligan Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Charley Drayton Percussion, Drums
Darryl Jones Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
George Laks Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
E.J. Strickland Drums
Technical Credits
Wayne Shorter Composer
George Colligan Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Greg Skaff Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Fiona Apple Composer
Matt Wells Engineer
Steve Fallone Mastering
Anthony Ruotolo Engineer
John Valencia Engineer
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