Bar code: 842738422932
Regular member of the up and coming altoist Logan Richardsons band, Brooklyn based guitarist, Greg Ruggiero, come to start his own recording career with this CD, an album which has been waiting in the vault for over a year. Balance, is a solid rendition to his main influences: Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Pete Bernstein, and Kurt Rosenwinkel, displaying some skills that can be easily heard in his music, a reflection of the experiences and relationships he has developed over the past few years, featuring some of the finest musicians on the scene today.
01. Answer (7:50)
02. This Life (9:07)
03. A Losing Battle (7:01)
04. Balance (2:34)
05. The Way Out West (6:33)
06. Ethereal (7:30)
07. Paper Cranes (8:23)
08. My Better Half (1:27)
Total time: 50:25 min.
All compositions by Greg Ruggiero.
Greg Ruggiero (g, vcl), Rob Wilkerson (as), Frank LoCrasto (p, fender rhodes, arp), Matt Brewer (b), Tommy Crane (d, percussion).
Recorded in New York City, February 2006.
Mixed & mastered by Pete Rende.
Produced by Nate Radley.
Excutive producer Jordi Pujol.
"The eight original compositions that make up guitarist's Greg Ruggiero's debut recording have a deeply introspective air, with gently rocking rhythms and simply stated melodies that often give the album an instrumental pop feeling. But there's plenty of emotional depth here, too, as Ruggiero quietly draws delicate, ethereal designs with electric and acoustic guitars, levitating on Frank LoCrasto's sympathetic piano and keyboard patterns. Rob Wilkerson's sweet alto saxophone brings the quartet back to earth, while Tommy Crane's drumming supports the melodies and eases them forward."
Jazz Times Magazine
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