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East Bay Soul That's Life

by Greg Adams

In his new musical pursuit trumpeter Adams continues his artistic evolution alongside East Bay Soul with the dynamic That's Life - A collection of eleven songs that fuses his love for vintage soul music, pop, with powerful horns and gorgeous orchestra.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Black Dress
4:10 $0.99
2. Hush Hush
5:17 $0.99
3. Come Together
3:57 $0.99
4. Get Smart
4:11 $0.99
5. Going in Circles
5:04 $0.99
6. Didn't Wanna Do It
4:11 $0.99
7. Grow Old With Me
4:56 $0.99
8. Earth to Mars
3:40 $0.99
9. Without You
2:57 $0.99
10. Damned If You Do
4:51 $0.99
11. Let's Stay Together
4:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
With East Bay Soul, in demand trumpeter and arranger Greg Adams continues the legacy of Tower of Power the muscular funk R&B horn band with whom he waxed some classic recordings. Adams, who’s worked alongside marquee stars from Wilson Picket and B. B. King to Mariah Cary and Madonna, convened EBS in 2009 for the outfit’s self-titled debut recording. The album did well enough for the trumpeter to put out a second volume East Bay Soul 2.0, which he followed up with the new That’s Life (Ripa)

As it’s title suggest, the album borrows attitude a plenty from the Frank Sinatra staple of the same name – although the track here is an original- and features top-notch song craft and musicianship listeners might associate with the era from which it hails. Adams salutes genre-spanning influences throughout, from the funky, horn-driven blues and R&B of “Little Black Dress” with vocalist Darryl Walker out front. It could be a vintage TOP tune – to a trippy, muted trumpet romp through the Beatles’ “Come Together”. Once again, Adams leads an A-list horn section including fellow trumpeter and trombonist Lee Thornburg and saxophonist Johnnie Bamont and Greg Vail. The wistful ” Without You” our Selection, allows the leader to shine in a full- orchestral setting, his poignant lead conveying the heartache of lost love. ~ Jazziz Magazine


Greg Adams: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and Background Vocals

Darryl Walker: Lead Vocals, Tenor Sax,

Lee Thornburg: Trumpet, Fugelhorn, and Background Vocals

Johnnie Bamont Alto, Tenor And Baritone Saxes, Flute, and Background vocals

Greg Vail: Alto, Tenor Sax, Flute and Background Vocals,

Joey Navarro: Keys and Background Vocals

Kay-Ta Matsuno: Guitar

Dwayne "Smitty" Smith: Bass

Herman Matthews: Drums, and Background Vocals

Johnny Sandoval: Latin Percussion and Background Vocals

The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. Adams has recorded six solo albums, three releases with East Bay Soul and fourteen recordings as a founding member of Tower of Power, legendary for his arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. His 1995 debut Hidden Agenda went all the way to #1 on Billboard and stayed there for five weeks… He hasn’t looked back since. With countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Adams has made his mark on a broad stretch of today’s music landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, and funk.

East Bay Soul is the next creative step forward in a career filled with magic moments spanning over four decades, garnering both Grammy and Emmy nominations and an International Broadcasting Award from The Hollywood Radio and Television Society along the way. An enduring recording artist and performer, the charismatic trumpeter has earned the respect of his peers and fans alike worldwide.

With East Bay Soul Greg say’s “ It’s like looking bliss in the eye. Before you know it we’ve made a record. It is amazing how it happens.”



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