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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Gregg August


Check out bassist Gregg August. He’s not new to the jazz scene by any means, but his extensive travels have kept him under the mainstream radar until 2002. Classically trained at Eastman and Julliard, August left New York to fill the principal bass chair for La Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona, later found himself in Paris, then returned to NYC only to be swept off to Cuba. (Fortunately for us, he now makes his home in NYC.) His interest in Latin rhythms is clear throughout his adventurous debut album, Late August.

This isn’t your typical “bassist’s album”; it boasts some beautifully dark arrangements with thick, modern harmonies, plus a healthy dose of Afro-Cuban flavor. His tone is meaty, he's got great chops and his lyrical sense is engaging. Veterans Frank Wess and Ray Barretto offer their services for the date alongside more modern players
Myron Walden, Donny McCaslin and Alon Yavnai. Check out some nice, long samples of “M’s Blues” or “Melody in Black and Grey” here, and buy Late August!

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