Artists We Love: Greg Spero13th October 2014 • No comments
We have another great musician to tell you about with our latest AWL feature! Chicago area native Greg Spero is a pianist, composer, and highly accomplished jazz musician. For those of us who write about music rather than perform it, he also seems to be a little bit magical. Spero is highly respected in jazz circles, having been asked to join the Buddy Rich Big Band in 2012 and being named Chicago’s Best Jazz Entertainer in 2013. While much of Spero’s music will appeal to jazz aficionados, his ability to add elements of electronic and ambient music to his compositions is what makes his music so versatile. His latest record, the Kickstarter-funded Electric, was our first introduction to his work and it’s exquisite.’Raga’ is the song that initially caught our attention with its eclecticism and vibrancy, while ‘No Rest For the Weary,’ one of the few tracks Spero sings on, is a relatively mellow affair that would be as comfortable on a mainstream pop radio station as it would be playing at your favourite jazz club. The album Radio Over Miles is a unique take on a cover album as it features Spero’s arrangements of Miles Davis and Radiohead songs. He and fellow musicians Corey Wilkes (trumpet), Junius Paul (bass), Makaya McCraven (drums), Tim Seisser (bass), and De’Sean Jones (saxaphone) succeeded in reinterpreting beloved music by legendary artists and making it exciting in a completely unfamiliar way.
Those in Chicagoland can catch The Greg Spero Trio playing a series of shows at Andy’s Jazz Club this week.
Visit Greg Spero’s Official Website for news, gig info, and to subscribe to the mailing list HERE
Buy the above mentioned music as well as the rest of Greg Spero’s material on iTunes