Gregory Simmons

Gregory Simmons

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Jazz - Contemporary | Syracuse, New York, United States
Total Song Plays: 316   
Member Since: 2006
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Signs of Life

"Signs of Life is an extremely impressive debut, and contemporary jazz guitarist Greg Simmons is surprisingly authoritative on his first solo outing...

Signs of Life

Jazz - Contemporary

"Signs of Life is an extremely impressive debut, and contemporary jazz guitarist Greg Simmons is surprisingly authoritative on his first solo outing. He's also a first rate composer whose charts are catchy and instant grabbers. If I were asked to define his style I'd call it a mix of Island Funk and Street Samba. He's obviously someone who's going to be making his mark on the local scene in the months ahead. This is some of the best new jazz I've heard in years." - Frank Malfitano director, Syracuse Jazz Fest Detroit International Jazz Festival "You will not find Smooth Jazz on this disc. What you will find is a guitarist who takes his jazz playing pretty serious. Simmons is influenced by fusion music. As one would guess with this background there a lot of notes to comprehend here, but Simmons isn't just playing notes to hear himself pluck. His notes make sense as he gives his own compositions some life and meaning. 'Cabo' is my favorite track on the record. It is an in-depth story with a nice melody that sounds like a travel log. I found myself listening to it and then it hit me how good this song was. 'A Simple Explanation' has a nice beat with some spunk. 'Dusk To Dawn' has a nice reoccurring back melody. Simmons is a very good guitar player. ... Overall this disc took me by surprise - pleasantly so..." - Jeff Charney, ContemporaryJazz.com, May 2005

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