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"An intimate portrait of funk jazz master GREG ADAMS"

SAN FRANCISCO (Herald de Paris) — The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. A musical journey that has spanned nearly four decades from the time he first arrived on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the early ‘70s, Greg has been a driving force in defining an artistry that transcends musical genres, is still seeking out a course not yet traveled, is at his best when he’s testing his innovative boundaries. Adams diversity has made him the consummate performer, setting no boundaries and seeking no labels.

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East Bay Soul 2.0
Release Date:
February 28, 2012
Label: Ripa Records

East Bay Soul
Release Date:
September 22, 2009
Label: Ripa Records

Cool To The Touch
Release Date:
August 15, 2006
Label: Ripa Records

FireFly
Release Date:
September 28, 2004
Label: 215 Records

Midnight Morning
Release Date:
September 17, 2002
Label: Blue Note

Hidden Agenda
Release Date:
February 5, 1995
Label: Sony Music Entertainment/Epic

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Greg Adams and East Bay Soul

The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. Greg Adams musical journey has spanned nearly four decades, from the time he first arrived on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene of the early ‘70s. Earning both Grammy and Emmy nominations and an International Broadcasting Award from The Hollywood Radio and Television Society.

Adams is a founding member of Tower Of Power, legendary for the horn arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own.
Greg has been a driving force to define artistry that transcends musical genres,
still seeking out a course not yet traveled, is at his best when set to explore a
new artistic destination.

The journey continues with East Bay Soul 2.0 - The 2012 release from trumpeter, songwriter Greg Adams, produces a collection of 10 dynamic songs backed by East Bay Soul. Adams signature sound is clearly stamped through out the album’s 10 tracks, an equal mix of instrumental and vocal songs - a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul.

With a nod to the music Adams loves, and inked in his own style creates music that is relevant and fresh. Greg takes you on an incredible ride that is groove driven, weaving his horn melodies with soul drenched vocals into a collection of songs that are all at once dynamic and dreamy, cinematic and oh so to fall in love with.

East Bay Soul with a most soulful ensemble creates a union that has been nothing short of musically miraculous. Their extraordinary combined talents all bring incredible energy to the music with heart and soul. Dedicated to a singular vision of bringing their brand of funk and the magic of their live performance into the studio.

In what defines who he is, Adams owns the natural talent to produce the beauty of harmony and expression of emotion through his arrangements. They give this collection of songs their essence. With no set direction of where the music would go, Greg says, “I was surprised to see how many ballads I ended up with, but I’m really happy I did. I was also happy to have all the songs ready before the first down beat, so it really gave me the freedom to flesh everything out and let the songs breathe."

This very special recording boasts the full strength of the rhythm and horn sections, performing in layers of percussive up-tempo instrumentals to lush romantic ballads sung by Darryl Walker. Walker possesses a true classic voice- an effortless delivery with complete commitment to the emotion of the song.

Adding the superb combination of sax men Michael Paulo and Johnnie Bamont on alto, tenor, baritone saxophones and flute, Sean Billings on trumpet, Joey Navarro on keyboards, Dwayne “Smitty” Smith on bass, James Wirrick on guitar, Herman Matthews on drums and Johnny Sandoval on percussion. This equation goes world class. With the benefit of vision, musical “know how” and the insight that comes through genuine affection, respect and friendship.

Greg’s diversity has made him he consummate performer, setting no boundaries and seeking no labels. Greg has arranged, performed and recorded with countless artists as diverse as his career, including The Eurythmics, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett, Heart, Linda Ronstadt, Luther Vandross, Aaron Neville, The Brothers Johnson, Phish, Little Feat, Wilson Pickett, Huey Lewis and the News, Raphael Saadiq, Al Green, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Everclear, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, Terrence Trent Darby, Josh Groban Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Celine Dion.

Greg has played on over 500 hundred recordings. You’ve heard Greg’s collaboration with Paul Shaffer on the opening theme of Late Show With David Letterman and on score arrangements in such films as, Duets, Mask, Top Gun, Saving Silverman, Austin Powers In Goldmember with Smashmouth. Teaming up with Stanley Clarke on Little Big League and on Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band with the illustrious Sir George Martin.

There is a sense of adventure in the material written recently, beginning with the opening track “The Getaway” “I saw and heard something urgent about the opening notes of this song. That urgency keeps moving in and out of the entire track.”

The powerful Brassalicious, which Adams calls a “Horn Attack”, is fueled by the chorus on this song, the genesis for the track. First the unison of the horns, then later to the full big band instrumentation. Adding, “ I had a lot of fun on this one.”

The dreamy melody of “To Catch A Thief” features Greg’s velvety Flugelhorn, inspired by the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same title. He says, “ In writing the song it conjured up the role played by, Cary Grant “The Cat”

The classic groove anthem “What’s Goin’ On”, immortalized by Marvin Gaye, is the disc’s only cover song. Darryl’s vocals are pure liquid gold and the track just breathes wide open with a pastel groove all its own.

“Once