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Singularity

by Greg Small

Drawing from the influences of Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Kenny Werner, and Dave Matthews, "Singularity" is a solo piano exploration of an emerging and fresh new voice. A harbinger of things to come, Greg Small's debut recording is not to be missed.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Microcosm
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2. Space
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3. Shades
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4. Origin
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5. Scarborough Fair
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6. Screwed
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7. Second Thoughts
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8. Stay or Leave
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In physics, a singularity is a dimensionless point found at the center of a black hole. Metaphorically, it represents a state of uniqueness, autonomy, and limitless potential for evolution in any direction.

The music stems from a variety of jazz, classical, and pop influences, which is why I have been hesitant to pigeonhole the work into a single category. Some of the tracks are pre-composed, some contain improvisation, some have more complex harmonies, and some are very short, triadic, and simple.

Microcosm is a pre-composed piece, written in late 2009. It embodies a microcosm of life: emergence-fruition-decay.

I wrote Space as an exercise in melodic cohesion in the spring of 2008, when I had been feeling more than a little “rambly” in my musicianship.

Shades came to life in the late summer of 2008, shortly after the death of LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. The tune wasn't designed to be a tribute or musical remembrance or what-have-you, but the timing always struck me as intriguing.

Origin, also pre-compsed, stems from the very first chord of the piece. Literally. I played the first chord, and the tune then wrote itself in 2005.

A timeless classic, Scarborough Fair is a tune with endless possibilities for reharmonization. I tackled this in the early fall of 2010, and things quickly materialized. The melody begins in a-flat minor and repeats in c minor. The soloing begins in e minor, and continues the pattern of raising the key center of each new chorus by a major third.

In the spring of 2008, I wrote Screwed during a phase when I was feeling overwhelmed in a “Greg vs. the world” sense. It began as a contrafacte of “There is No Greater Love” (a tune which I don't like!), and sort of took on a life of its own.

Second Thoughts is the final pre-composed work. I wrote it during a phase in my life during 2005 where I was feeling pulled in too many directions at once. Emotionally stretched too thin and directionally challenged, I felt more at a crossroads than at any other time before or since.

Stay or Leave is a Dave Matthews masterpiece which takes on a life of its own...

Thanks to my world. If I singled one person out, I'd have to single a thousand people out, and the next thing I know, it'd be feeding time at the zoo.

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A rapidly emerging talent in the Baltimore-Washington music community, Greg maintains a multi-faceted performing and teaching presence as a pianist and a trumpeter.

As a pianist, he has performed professionally with Chris Gekker, Chris Vadala, Darryl Brenzyl, Michelle Djokic, Linda Mabbs, Robert Gibson, Lena Seikaly, Gregory Thompkins, Brent Madsen, Cam Collins, Timothy Powell, Nucleo Vega, Backstage, the Potomac Jazz Project, and numerous others at venues including the Baltimore-Washington Jazz Festival, the Calvin Jones Jazz Festival, the Concordia Chamber Players Concert Series, and the University of Maryland Music in Mind Concert Series.

Greg holds degrees from the University of Maryland (MM Jazz Studies, Piano Concentration), Towson University (BS Psychology), and Shepherd University (BA Music Performance, Trumpet Concentration). For more information and booking, visit www.gregsmall.net

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Recorded September 15, 2010, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, #1208
University of Maryland, College Park MD
Microphones: Neumann KM-140
Signal Chain: Metric Halo ULN-2, Korg MR1000, Logic ProTM
Engineered and Mastered by Jonathan Cresci, Fundamental Sounds
Produced by Jonathan Cresci and Greg Small
Graphic design by Greg Small and Jonathan Cresci
All compositions by Greg Small unless otherwise indicated.
Stay or Leave used by permission, Colden Grey Ltd.

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