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Looking Up

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Girl In the Red Dress
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London Underground
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Looking Up
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Relentless
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First Flight Home
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Show Me The Way
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Corner Club / Club De Esquina
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Isabella
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Cross Rhodes
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Deep Into You
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Lost In Negril
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 54:07

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Chill Music

btime1

I have always been a fan of Gregg, his music is smooth and captavating. You gotta check it out!!!

They Say All Music Guide

From Gregg Karukas’ prolific resume as a sideman for Boney James, Peter White, and Larry Carlton, among others, to a hot streak of radio hits dating back to 1987, this versatile keyboardist perfectly captures the joyful, optimistic, smooth jazz lifestyle. The title of his latest independently released gem, Looking Up, characterizes the uplifting nature of the disc, which features a slate of more irresistible keyboard melodies and a wide rhythmic palette that includes old-school soul, driving funk, samba (his Brazilian associations include Sergio Mendes and Dori Caymmi), reggae, and his first forays into the chill phenomenon. The disc opens with the vibrant and graceful, easy swinging light funk of “Girl in the Red Dress” (which features lush, retro-soul Rhodes harmonies), then takes us to the funky, old-school “London Underground,” the disc’s first single which includes B-3 organ harmonies. On the moody, chill-oriented title track, Karukas swirls his bright piano melody with cool, trippy ambient and rhythmic effects. Rick Braun’s distant muted trumpet helps Karukas explore the more romantic side of chill on the soothing, lush ballad “First Flight Home,” which is followed by “Show Me the Way,” a tune that captures the “classic Karukas” sound — happy, swinging brass sizzling behind a bright, bouncy key melody. While more artistic- than consumer-friendly, the track that digs deepest is “Crossrhodes,” a trippy, percussive excursion through classic styles that have been foundational in the keyboardist’s musical evolution — Latin, blues and old-school soul. Karukas once again dares even the most confirmed musical skeptic to kick back with a glass of wine and smile through the dark times. – Jonathan Widran

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