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Balance - Greg Ruggiero

Jazz Times Magazine
April 2008

Greg Ruggiero
BALANCE (Fresh Sound New Talent)

The eight original compositions that make up guitarist’s Greg Ruggiero’s debut recording have a deeply introspective air, with gently rocking rhythms and simply stated melodies that often give the album an instrumental pop feeling. But there’s plenty of emotional depth here, too, as Ruggiero quietly draws delicate, ethereal designs with electric and acoustic guitars, levitating on Frank LoCrasto’s sympathetic piano and keyboard patterns. Rob Wilkerson’s sweet alto saxophone brings the quartet back to earth, while Tommy Crane’s drumming supports the melodies and eases them forward.

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  • New Album Coming Soon

    My new Standards trio recording, “It’s About Time”, will be coming out in May on the Fresh Sound 5000 label. The album features the legendary rhythm section of Murray Wall on bass and Steve Little on drums. I’m excited to release my first Standards record as a leader in a classic guitar trio format. Stay tuned.