GREGG KARUKAS

Pop/Art Song/Folk / RnB • United States
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Gregg Karukas hails originally from the D.C. - Maryland area where he was one of the top fusion and studio players in town. Gregg moved to L.A. in 1983, not with the idea of getting his own record deal, but with the desire to expand his multi-keyboard style by playing with as many other artists as possible.

That Gregg Karukas can write such compelling songs in a variety of styles should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the Bowie, Maryland native's diverse musical background. "What really got me into music as a passion and a lifestyle was first seeing the Beatles, and then hearing Stevie Wonder and singer/songwriters like Carole King, James Taylor, Leon Russell, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell, he says. I was inspired by the idea that you could touch people's emotions with melodic songs and lyrics that meant something. When my voice changed as a teenager,
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GREGG KARUKAS The Nightowl album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Nightowl
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1987
GREGG KARUKAS Sound Of Emotion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sound Of Emotion
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1991
GREGG KARUKAS Key Witness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Key Witness
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1991
GREGG KARUKAS Home for the Holidays album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Home for the Holidays
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1993
GREGG KARUKAS Summerhouse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Summerhouse
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1993
GREGG KARUKAS You'll Know It's Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You'll Know It's Me
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1995
GREGG KARUKAS Blue Touch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Touch
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1998
GREGG KARUKAS Nightshift album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nightshift
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2000
GREGG KARUKAS Heatwave album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heatwave
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2002
GREGG KARUKAS Looking Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Looking Up
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2005
GREGG KARUKAS GK album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
GK
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2009
GREGG KARUKAS Soul Secrets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Secrets
RnB 2015

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GREGG KARUKAS Home for the Holidays

Album · 1993 · Pop/Art Song/Folk
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'Tis the season for a Christmas album review!

I was given this album by a friend of mine, in which I had negative expectations for it after they told me this musician was pretty big in the smooth jazz world. I started listening, and was actually a little surprised at what I heard.

Even though Gregg Karukas is a pop/smooth jazz pianist, he still is capable of swinging and playing pretty good solos. Granted, many of the tracks on this album do draw influences from pop and rock music but the musicianship and talent expressed here is worth getting a listen from those who would ordinarily shy away from pop-influenced jazz.

Then there's the vocalist, Shelby Flint. Sounding more on the Karen Carpenter side of music than jazz, Flint's voice is sufficient for this setting. Her sound is breathy and laid back, and is capable of doing so even when the music is up-tempo and intense. She even takes a semi-decent scat solo on "Winter Wonderland", the album's best tune.

Despite everything positive I've written so far, this album has its weak moments here and there. There's less improvisation on the ballads, which have a tendency to become boring.

The arrangements for the famous Christmas songs themselves are pretty good. Some have been reharmonized for the sake of sounding more like jazz in a way that isn't too noticeable.

6/10

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