Greg Skaff - Re Up (2024) [Hi-Res]

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Title: Re Up
Year Of Release: 2024
Label: Soulmation Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [96kHz/24bit]
Total Time: 40:24
Total Size: 837 / 235 MB


1. Faith (03:41)
2. Green Chimneys (04:05)
3. No Cover (03:10)
4. Swerve (04:25)
5. Peace Place (Trio) (03:49)
6. Reach Down Deep (05:17)
7. Fleurette Africaine (04:35)
8. Re Up (02:53)
9. Southern Pacific (05:27)
10. Peace Place (Solo) (02:58)

A reliably swinging presence and facile improviser on the New York scene since the late ‘80s, guitarist Greg Skaff has shared the bandstand with such jazz greats as Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, David “Fathead” Newman and Ralph Peterson Jr., as well current notables like Mike LeDonne, David Hazeltine, Orrin Evans, Ben Allison, Jim Rotondi and Joe Farnsworth. He has also toured and recorded with “Queen of R&B” Ruth Brown and jazz diva Gloria Lynne and recorded seven albums as a leader.

Skaff’s latest, Re Up, recorded with bassist Ugonna Okegwo and young drumming sensation Jonathan Barber, follows the guitar trio format he explored on 2021’s Polaris, which paired him with iconic bassist Ron Carter and the great drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.

“I just like playing guitar trio with no other chord instrument, right now,” said the guitarist, who had previously worked with an organist on 2017’s groove-oriented Soulmation, 2012’s 116th & Park, 2009’s East Harlem Skyline and 2004’s Ellington Boulevard. And his rhythm tandem of choice since 2017 — stalwart bassist Okegwo and Barber, who follows in the lineage of great melodic drummers like

Brian Blade, Marcus Gilmore and Rudy Royston — more than fills the bill. “This is the first time I’ve recorded with a working trio. And I’m glad I did document the way we play together because I’ve gotten really comfortable playing with them and how they react.”

Skaff says there’s a certain freedom in the trio format he doesn’t get when playing with an organist. “I’ve gotten comfortable with having more space in the music,” he says. “And I like the openness of playing with a chordless trio and being able to change voicings without clashing with someone.”

On Re Up, Skaff explores a varied program of swinging originals along with two well-chosen covers by revered jazz elders (Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimneys” and Duke Ellington’s “Fleurette Africaine,” rendered as a sublime solo guitar piece). Along with his bluesy meditation, “Southern Pacific,” the buoyant, Ornette Coleman-influenced “No Cover,” the energized swinger “Faith” and the flowing title track, Skaff also performs separate trio and solo renditions of his dreamy “Peace Place.”