Born into a musical family in Schenectady, New York, Gregg August was drawn to the drums at an early age, but was persuaded by his father to first learn the piano. His aunt, noted jazz pianist, Peg Delaney was his first teacher. Her husband Bill played upright bass and Gregg's father, Ed, also played the piano professionally. The very first jam sessions August ever experienced were at family functions. When he was ten, Gregg was finally allowed to study drums. He then picked up the electric bass in high school because the school band was lacking a bass player.
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An excellent debut recording by a very versatile musician. Gregg August will be around for a long while...
Gregg August is one of the most versatile bassists in the business today, and his creativity and good taste, as well as his command of various musical styles is evident on this valuable collection of nothing but good music.
Every once in a while, from down a side road you've forgotten to keep an eye on, a musician will breeze in and captivate you with a reshuffling of all jazz elements you love: hard swing, deep groove, intrepid blowing, inspired charts...
Greg August arrives with a knack for blending the above in way that sets him apart from the crowd of young bandleaders doing business in New York at the start of the millennium