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Cd Review, Greg Porée: ‘Inventions’, Poree Music
‘Inventions’ is Greg Porée's musical vision. He contributed all 12 pieces and his guitar playing is always a factor, whether as as a solo voice or as an accompanist. Of his originals, several deserve to become standards. The emphasis is on strong melodies and melodic development, all of it performed with infectious rhythms, soulful phrasing and a strong musical purpose.
A superior musician whose work on acoustic guitar is distinctive, versatile and inventive, Greg Porée shows throughout ‘Inventions’ why he is so highly respected by his fellow musicians. The music reflects his wide interests, mixing together jazz improvisation with the flavor of cultures from several countries, including Cuba, Argentina, Spain or France. Along the way, he plays a bit of funk, the blues “City Lights” and an adaptation of a classical piece by Johann Sebastian Bach that is called “Bach Minuet au Porée.” No matter what the instrumental setting or genre, the soulful music always grooves while offering plenty of subtle surprises.
Porée is particularly generous in featuring his sidemen. Violinist Miguel Atwood Ferguson is showcased on the opening “Bring It On” Paul Cartwright takes several notable violin solos throughout the set, singer Frances Livings is a major asset on two songs, and other key musicians include Nick Ariondo on accordion, keyboardist Patrice Rushen, and saxophonists Zane Musa and Robert Kyle.
A set that is beyond simple classification, Greg Porée's Inventions is a memorable effort that is highly recommended to those who love melodic original music.
Scott Yanow, author of ten books including “The Jazz Singers”, “Bebop”, “Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76”