Greg Abate Bop City: Live at Birdland
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- Released: August 19, 2008
- Label: Candid Records
- 1.Bop City [Live]
- 3.What Is This Thing Called Love?
- 5.Peaks Breaks
- 6.Basting the Bird
- 8.These Foolish Things
- 9.Young 'Uns
- 11.Gemini Mood
- 12.Sax O'Blues
Personnel: Greg Abate (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); James Williams (piano); Rufus Reid (bass instrument); Kenny Washington (drums).
Journeyman saxophonist Greg Abate makes a decent modern hard bop recording on this 1992 session. His playing is solid and sometimes frenetic, but also derivative. The compositions are straightforward and long enough for Abate and cast to make effective solos, yet short enough not to become tiring. He has a first-rate rhythm section with pianist James Williams, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Kenny Washington. ~ Ron Wynn
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