When you go to Greg Spero’s website and click on the Bio tab, this is what you see: i create music. The 33-year-old pianist, composer and producer has been doing just that since early childhood and has performed and recorded within a number of different genres and formats. In addition to his work in hip-hop production and film scores, his credits include the Buddy Rich Big Band, Arturo Sandoval, hit-making pop artist Halsey and Miles alumnus Robert Irving III, an early mentor.
Last month, Spero and Spirit Fingers, the Los Angeles-based quartet for which he serves as bandleader, pianist and chief composer and arranger, released its new eponymous dozen-track collection on Shanachie Records. JazzTimes is pleased to premiere this extended live-video version of the album track “release.” In addition to Spero on piano, Spirit Fingers features Hadrien Feraud (bass), Dario Chiazzolino (guitar) and Mike Mitchell (drums).