Looking Up

Looking Up

by Gregg Karukas

Item is available through our marketplace sellers.

Overview

Looking Up

From Gregg Karukas' prolific resume as a sideman for Boney James, Peter White, and Larry Carlton, among others, to a hot streak of radio hits dating back to 1987, this versatile keyboardist perfectly captures the joyful, optimistic, smooth jazz lifestyle. The title of his latest independently released gem, Looking Up, characterizes the uplifting nature of the disc, which features a slate of more irresistible keyboard melodies and a wide rhythmic palette that includes old-school soul, driving funk, samba (his Brazilian associations include Sergio Mendes and Dori Caymmi), reggae, and his first forays into the chill phenomenon. The disc opens with the vibrant and graceful, easy swinging light funk of "Girl in the Red Dress" (which features lush, retro-soul Rhodes harmonies), then takes us to the funky, old-school "London Underground," the disc's first single which includes B-3 organ harmonies. On the moody, chill-oriented title track, Karukas swirls his bright piano melody with cool, trippy ambient and rhythmic effects. Rick Braun's distant muted trumpet helps Karukas explore the more romantic side of chill on the soothing, lush ballad "First Flight Home," which is followed by "Show Me the Way," a tune that captures the "classic Karukas" sound -- happy, swinging brass sizzling behind a bright, bouncy key melody. While more artistic- than consumer-friendly, the track that digs deepest is "Crossrhodes," a trippy, percussive excursion through classic styles that have been foundational in the keyboardist's musical evolution -- Latin, blues and old-school soul. Karukas once again dares even the most confirmed musical skeptic to kick back with a glass of wine and smile through the dark times.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2005
Label: Trippin & Rhythm
UPC: 0020286104025
catalogNumber: 18

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Looking Up 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NANCYAZ More than 1 year ago
GREGG'S MUSIC ALWAYS MAKES ME SMILE AND MY EARS ARE HAPPY WITH THE SOUND. I ALWAYS PURCHASE AN EXTRA CD OF HIS IN CASE ONE GETS LOST, BUT THIS IS A THREE CD PURCHASE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have three copies of this cd so i can play it anywhere. I love the fact it's an instrumental and his best so far.Would highly recommend this cd for anyone that likes good music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago