East Harlem Skyline

East Harlem Skyline

by Greg Skaff

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Overview

East Harlem Skyline

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Zoho Music
UPC: 0880956090221
catalogNumber: 200902

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
Anthony Ruotolo   Engineer
John Valencia   Engineer

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