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Michael Gregory

Songwriter, Composer, Guitarist, Improviser, Poet and Music Producer Michael Gregory (nee Michael Gregory Jackson) is a figure who paved the way for the Black Rock movement in the 1980s.

A musical innovator and brilliant improviser, always on the cutting edge, he recording for Arista, RCA, Island and many other labels and headed the power-trio Signal. Gregory's genre bending guitar virtuosity is readily apparent, scumbling phrases into grays and browns with the use of a volume pedal (an acknowledged influence on Bill Frisell and many other musicians).

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Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity re-release ESP-Disk 2010 (1976) “The opening “Clarity” (the title also contains a graphic element not reproducible here) begins with terse acoustic guitar arpeggios, keening flute and tenor, and then moves through an evenly-spaced upward tone row, following along a path outlined by Smith's concept of rhythm units. The shock��”at least to those solely weaned on improvised music��”comes when Gregory spins out a delicate, soulful tune with a vocal delivery reminiscent of a young Stevie Wonder. It's a short sung poem that meanders along a burbling sonic brook, but its effect is extraordinary, immediate and unlike anything else before or since in improvised music”

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Gloucester, MA

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background

California Institute for the Arts L.A., CA, visiting Composer, Faculty , Artist and Student workshops 2005- present, Copenhagen Rhythmic Conservatory of Music DK visiting Composer, Faculty , Artist and Student workshops 1979- present Sonnderburg Music Academy, DK visiting Composer, Faculty, Artist and Student workshops Hampshire College 2008-2009 visiting Composer and Artist, Student workshops, Michael’s pieces performed at Student Spring Concert New England Conservatory of Music Faculty Third Stream Department 1979-1980 Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, N.Y. Faculty 1975- 1986 Visiting Artist Berklee College of Music, N.Y.U., Columbia University, Yale University, Southern Connecticut State College.

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