Saturday, October 5, 2013

CD Review: Tony Grey Aims For A New "Elevation" On New Album

The name Tony Grey is very well known in the jazz music world, that is if you read the liner notes. He has, at one time or another, supported some of the biggest names in music like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis and lots more. On October 15, Tony Grey will be releasing his fourth solo album entitled "Elevation" through Abstractlogix. The new album features some of Tony's friends and fellow musicians including John McLaughlin (The Mahavishnu Orchestra), Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), Tomoyasu Hotei, Mike Stern (Blood, Sweat And Tears) and others lending a hand in creating some of the best music in progressive modern jazz today.
 
The album begins with the eight-plus minute "Guiding Light" as guest guitarist Nir Felder performs some blues/jazz licks intertwined with Grey's bass solo to create smooth rock/jazz greatness. Next, we get a truly special song written by John McLaughlin for Chick Corea, but was never performed or released until now as drummer David Throckmorton as a little Latin flair to his drum rolls. The album ventures in the progressive rock territory with Tomoyasu Hotei handling the guitar duties on "Galactic Samuri" and Reb Beach flexing his fingers on the title-song, "Elevation." Nir Felder returns for the slow pace of "Dil Chahata Hai", before Grey closes his album with a reworked rendition of the classic "Someday My Prince Will Come."
 
For more information on Tony Grey's new album, "Elevation," please visit his website at tonygrey.com.

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