Greg Abate


Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

Musicians will sometimes honor another musician who influenced their lives or work with a tribute or memorial recording after that influential musician has passed on. There's an abundance of first-rate music on the double-disc Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron. But the best thing about it is that the leader, flutist and saxophonist Greg Abate, convinced Kenny Barron to fill its piano chair. "Kenny was kind enough to provide me with music for a range of his tunes, some more well-known than others," explains Abate, who first met the pianist in 1996. "The only difficult part was choosing which ones to record."

Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron (Whaling City Sound)

The success of Magic Dance is fueled by the capable execution of three brainstorms from Rhode Island hard-bop stalwart Greg Abate. The first was deciding to showcase his facility on a variety of wind instruments via overdubbing. The second was determining that the material should come from the consistently catchy but still relatively low-profile cache of tunes written by eminent pianist Kenny Barron. The third and most important was enlisting Barron himself to play on the project.

Sittin In: Saxophonist Greg Abate

In the latest Sittin’ In feature, John Basile speaks with New England-based jazz saxophonist Greg Abate about his music and his new album. The album has reached the top of the jazz sales charts. The piece is produced by John Basile and edited by Steve Junker.

Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

Magic Dance is an offering by multi instrumentalist Greg Abate, who is a proud keeper of the bebop flame. In the 75 plus years that bebop has been around, there have probably been hundreds of thousands of quartet records with sax, piano, bass and drums, a few of which have been contributed by Abate. But this one is a departure from his previous releases, and because it isn't the bare bones presentation that jazz fans are accustomed to, it may provoke some discomfort from the die hard admirers of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
MetroWest Daily News

Music Scene: Jazz great Greg Abate takes on the music of Kenny Barron

Greg Abate’s birthday on May 31 came with a nice surprise. Jazz Week magazine reported that his new album, “Magic Dance,” had topped its charts for the fourth week in a row. The album, released at the end of April on Whaling City Sound, is Abate’s 19th as a leader,...

Greg Abate: “Be-Bop-Er” Takes His Music To The World

This article was published posthumously and on behalf of All About Jazz's long-time friend and contributor, Rob Mariani. "Bebop is one of the more complicated forms of jazz music," says Greg Abate, one of New England's most well-known alto sax players. He's been keeping this "art form" alive and thriving for years.

Jazz saxophonist Greg Abate will join What’s Up Newp for a live virtual conversation

For the last four weeks, Greg Abate’s Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron has been number one on Jazzweek, and was an editor’s pick in a recent issue of Jazz Times. Greg is consistently rated among the top alto saxophonists in polls in Jazz Times and Downbeat. A native Rhode Islander, who often plays at venues around the state, Greg joins WhatsUpNewp’s videocast tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1:30 p.m.

Six Picks: The best in local music this weekend – Tom Rush, Greg Abate and Charlie Marie

Live music is back this weekend. Check out a few suggestions and get out there and support your favorite local artists!. Friday: Rising country star and RI native Charlie Marie returns to Askew in Providence for an album release party. Critics and fans are loving her new album Ramble On – check out her live show with support from Ian O’Neil and Matt York. Details here.
Woonsocket Call

Homegrown jazzman Greg Abate makes it to No. 1

Jazz saxophonist and Woonsocket native Greg Abate has been recording music for three decades and has more than a dozen albums to his credit, but now, at the age of 73, he's got something he's never had before: a chart-topper. Recorded at the height of the pandemic, “Magic Dance –...

New Music Monday—Greg Abate, Berta Moreno & Afro-Soul Jazz Project, and John Hasselback III

New music premiering on April 12, at noon on New Music Monday with host Arturo Gómez includes:. Greg Abate – “Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron”. The sizzling sounds of saxophonist Greg Abate returns with perhaps his best recording of his proficient career. The highlight of this session is that the brilliant composer of all the songs, Kenny Barron is on piano with Dezron Douglas on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums. A sure choice to wind up on the end-of-year Top Album lists.
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Catch a live stream concert with Greg Abate on Narrows' YouTube channel Feb. 26

RI-based Abate is known the world over as a master of the alto saxophone and a hard core bebopper, but he does much more. He is also proficient on the soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, as well as the flute. He is also a respected composer; some of his 17 CDs consist of only his own songs, while others feature standards along with his own pieces.