Greg Skaff: Contrary To Popular Motion


Contrary To Popular Motion


Greg Skaff (guitar)


East Harlem Skyline (Zoho Music ZM-200902)

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Greg Skaff (guitar), George Colligan (Hammond organ), E.J. Strickland (drums).

Composed by Greg Skaff


Recorded: Avatar Studios, New York City, November 9, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Oooh man, what is it about a jazz guitar flying lines over the sound of the Hammond organ? Liftoff is achieved early on with a unison run through the quite angular head. But when Skaff and organist George Colligan take turns blazing their way though a set of bluesy changes, things really heat up. Skaff's solo manages to be both muscular and quick-footed. When it comes around to Colligan again, he's more than up to the task. With Skaff switching back to the comping role, Colligan plays a blistering solo while maintaining the bottom end groove with his left hand.

It's not going to make you forget Jimmy Smith, but it will certainly make you remember why the organ trio format got your attention in the first place.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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