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Addictive Listening

You gotta love Greg Adams. The man has ambition. And genius. While he could sit on his formidable accomplishments as the architect of iconic horn arrangements he instead chooses to explore new territory and create new sounds. “East Bay Soul – That’s Life” is his seventh full-length CD, third with the EBS stable of world-class musical friends, and it’s his best.

There’s plenty of red meat for devotees of Adams’ horn funk – the opener “Little Black Dress” contains earworms of horn funk and driving grooves. The signature Adam’s muted jazz trumpet is front and center on several beautifully arranged smooth jazz songs.

But it’s the strings… oh my goodness… that orchestra… that takes the sound up to another level of beauty and sophistication. “Going in Circles” is an homage to the great R&B orchestral sounds while “Damned if You Do” is just plain huge – Adams does for strings what he’s long done for horns – taking you in unexpected but delightful directions.

The musicians of EBS are the best in the business – Google any band member and marvel at their individual accomplishments. EBS That’s Life is the dream team in action.

Addictive listening. Highly recommended.

An aboslute delight

From the master of the modern day trumpet comes another great CD. Greg Adams work, from Tower of Power, to his masterful and Grammy winning aggrangements, to his solo work, he has continued to show not only his chops on trumpet, but his skills as a masterful composer and arranger. From track 1, Little Black Dress to a brilliant cover of Al Greens classic, Let's Stay Together, every song is true sonic enjoyment. The tightness of East Bay Souls and Darryl Walkers vocals is unparralelled. If your a fan of Soul/Funk & Jazz, this is a must have for your collection.

That's Life sizzles and smokes with the guiding direction of Greg Adams.

Since departing Tower of Power, some 20 years ago, Greg Adams has evolved, exponentially, as a collaborator and composer. His musicianship and arranging skills, accomplished long ago, Adams and East Bay Soul release their most polished CD, to date. A dazzling array of new compositions, old-soul covers, and smooth jazz instrumentals achieve a beautifully balance release.

Vocalist/Saxophonist reaches new heights, particularly in his vocal interpretation. The entire band displays the precision, soul, and sheen of exemplary musical work throughout the entire work. Listen to That's Life from beginning to end... And then continue to do it again.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Once Greg Adams picked up a trumpet, his course was set. He earned the first trumpet chair as a freshman at his Bay Area high school, and was writing arrangements for various school ensembles by the time he was a junior. Following high school, he joined Tower of Power, and was soon taking a major role in crafting the group's distinctive horn sound. Adams' first solo record, 1995's Hidden Agenda, released on Epic Records, established him as a major architect of the emerging "smooth jazz" sound, and...
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