Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Greg Skaff: 116th & Park

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Guitarist Greg Skaff is one of those musician’s musicians who can effortlessly do whatever the situation calls for without breaking a sweat. On this hard-bop-centric session inspired by East Harlem, he cuts loose with a first-rate trio featuring (mostly) Pat Bianchi on Hammond B3 organ and Ralph Peterson Jr. on drums. The medium-tempo title track, a Skaff original, simply cooks, leading off with a blistering organ solo parried by a sequence of puckish riffs by Skaff. Thelonious Monk’s “Bye-Ya” is a natural choice for this orchestration, handled as a funk tune that allows the band to demonstrate their prodigious chops.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published