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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.
"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