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Greg Chako: Everybody’s Got a Name

Greg Chako is an American guitarist who has spent the bulk of his career gigging across East Asia. His straightahead, coolly swinging sound is heard in trio and quartet arrangements on this release, mostly originals with a jam-session feel. While much of the disc is mild-mannered and middle of the road, Chako hits paydirt when his band lets loose in the bustling, trickily constructed title track, and when he gets lost in the emotion of the sparkling “All Roads Lead Home.”

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