Whirl Away - Phil DeGreg $15
Pianist Phil DeGreg, on his second J Curve release, Whirl Away, continues to display his expanding range as a pianist and composer. Joined by saxophonist Don Braden, guitarist Randy Johnston, bassist Bob Bodley and drummer Steve Davis, Phil explores standards, blues and originals, in a variety of tempos, styles and textures. As a follow-up to his first J Curve disc, this offering shows an artist continuing to develop in a most impressive fashion.
A compelling modernist with a directly emotional approach, DeGreg has forged a singular style;Here, with Phil's bracing originals and well-crafted arrangements, there's organization and freedom. It's an appealing combination that makes one want to visit the music time and time again.
Dr. Chuck Berg, University of Kansas
Phil DeGreg, a pianist/educator at the University of Cincinnati, is symbolic of the many amazing musicians spread out across the country in various music schools…He is a strong musician with rock-solid rhythmic power and a tasteful sense of melody and arrangement…More than a few New York musicians could learn from this guy in Cincinnati."
Matt Snyder, Jazz Improv
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