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GK

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by Gregg Karukas
 
While naming an album after your initials might indicate a lack of imagination, it also may be taken as suggesting that the contents are representative of the artist. Pianist Gregg Karukas once called a CD You'll Know It's Me, and GK is another collection that's easy to identify. Although he is a smooth jazz player, Karukas doesn't go in for the most

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While naming an album after your initials might indicate a lack of imagination, it also may be taken as suggesting that the contents are representative of the artist. Pianist Gregg Karukas once called a CD You'll Know It's Me, and GK is another collection that's easy to identify. Although he is a smooth jazz player, Karukas doesn't go in for the most contemporary styles of the genre, preferring, for instance, a live rhythm section (here including bassists Eric Baines, Melvin Davis, and Karukas himself, drummer Oscar Seaton, and percussionist Luis Conte) over programmed rhythm tracks. And his antecedents are clear, his music recalling the mid-'60s soul-jazz of Ramsey Lewis and Cannonball Adderley. Opening tune "Manhattan," in fact, sounds like a rewrite of the 1966 Bobby Hebb hit "Sunny." And Karukas prefers that his guest soloists, here including Rick Braun (flügelhorn, trumpet), Russ Freeman (guitar), and Jessy J (saxophone), only punctuate the proceedings for the most part; although the guests are heard here and there, Karukas' fingers are never far away from his keyboards for long. Of course, it's his playing that really defines the music, and he rolls along, coming up with endless riffs and ripples without really rocking the boat. This is music that is lighthearted and, to an extent, lightweight, relying on textures and colors more than any flashy playing. Whether it turns Brazilian ("Jamba Samba") or funky ("Napa Road"), it remains subtly swinging.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
Label:
Trippin & Rhythm
UPC:
0020286131823
catalogNumber:
33

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gregg Karukas   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Wurlitzer
Michael Paulo   Flute,Saxophone
Ricardo Silveira   Guitar
Rick Braun   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Luis Conte   Percussion
Melvin Davis   Bass
Michael O'Neill   Guitar
Lee Thornberg   Trumpet
Oscar Seaton   Drums
Rick Rossi   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Eric Baines   Bass
Paul Rayner-Brown   Guitar
Jessy J   Saxophone
Russ Freeman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Gregg Karukas   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Graphic Design

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GK 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable.
NANCYAZ More than 1 year ago
MAKES MY EARS HAPPY AND GOOD FOR THE SOUL.