Greg Skaff
Smoke Sessions, 2021

April 26, 2021

Polaris is the new album recorded by Greg Skaff with Ron Carter and Albert Tootie Heath.

Renowned guitarist Greg Skaff is leader of his trio as well as sideman to Stanley Turrentine, Ruth Brown, Bobby Watson, Freddie Hubbard, Orrin Evans, Matt Wilson, Ralph Peterson and others. He has recently released his new album, Polaris, for the Smoke Sessions label. This is Skaff’s first album released with the guitar / double bass / drums lineup, and features an extraordinary line up completed by Ron Carter on double bass and Albert Tootie Heath on drums.


The record collects two songs by Duke Ellington, “Lady of the Lavender Mist” and “Angelica” which has been revised with a nice groove à la New Orleans and driven by Heath’s second line groove. There are classics by Ron Cater, “Little Waltz” which appears performed both in duo and in trio, and “Caminando”, as well as two originals by the leader: “Mr. RC”, dedicated to Carter and the title track. The track list is completed by the three very famous standards “III Wind”, “Old Devil Moon” (revised in a crackling version) and the famous “Yesterdays”, with a beautiful introduction by the leader and also Larry Young’s “Paris Eyes”.
Polaris is a well-played album: if you love jazz guitar’s classic and “woody” sound, it’s a record not to be missed!




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