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MP3 The Gregory James Band - Alphabet Town

Funky blend of jazz-rock guitar and winds. High energy polyrhythmic fusion with pastoral sketches.

9 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Weird Jazz, JAZZ: Jazz Fusion

A jazz-rock recording that won critical acclaim in 1983 and drew a cult following to the Gregory James band. This recording is now being re-released. The quartet of electric and acoustic guitars, wind instruments, bass and drums rings melodies that emerge from fiery rock band Video Rouge that James started before this recording.

''Great moments...electric, acoustic and synthesized guitars are both strong and subtle...Bridges the gap between musical adventure and mass appeal...Four-and-a-half stars...'' Downbeat

''A first-rate electric guitar player.'' Variety

''High-energy polyrhythmic fusion...(to) pastoral impressionistic sketches. In both, James'' guitar lines are simple, direct, and melodic.'' Guitar Player

Gregory James burst on the contemporary scene in 1978 and has continued to garner praise, airplay, and fans in his restless search for musical adventure. After performing with Chico Hamilton in New York and touring both coasts, he returned to native San Francisco to start the fiery rock band, Video Rouge. A return to jazz roots in the early ''80s saw the release of the critically acclaimed albums Alphabet Town and Tibet on Rogue Records.
James plays electric, acoustic, and synthesized guitars on this recording. He is joined by Barry Shulman on wind instruments, Bruce Barrett on bass, and Robin Tolleson on drums.

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