The debut CD from inventive Irish/Australian pianist and composer, Greg Lloyd, one of Ireland’s emerging artists and leader of the Greg Lloyd Group (GLG) has been receiving rave reviews/radio play in Ireland, Australia, UK, Germany, France and Japan.
The music from CD ‘Long Way Home’ – draws on Greg’s musical experiences abroad from Algerian North African Chaabi, Cuba, Funk, Blues and Jazz.
Here is what the critics saying:
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – “Impressive quality..Imaginative changes” – John Shand.
DISK UNION JAPAN – “exceptionally good”
DISK UNION – “There is a rare quality about the music” - Takashi Yamamoto
RTE 10 – “Wistful intuition…striking…reminiscent of the Tord Gustavson Trio” **** – Paddy Kehoe
IRISH INDEPENDENT – “praised as one of the most outstanding Irish Jazz Lp’s of recent years” – Ed Power.
TOTALLY DUBLIN – “..an astonishing jazz pianist” Tom Cahill.
IRISH INDEPENDENT- “…piano solos are imaginative and richly varied.” Grainne Farren
To read the reviews in more detail just hit the REVIEW button above on site.
Greg is currently working on a new album with the GLG and has just returned from a 48 date Tour of Australia.
Originally from Sydney, Greg’s curiousity and love for the jazz genre was initially sparked upon hearing Oscar Peterson play a B-flat Blues. This led to his completion of a B.Mus. in Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium and the Australian National University in the late 1990s.
Greg decided to explore the world and has been based in Dublin for the last 11 years during which time he has collaborated with many musicians. Greg had the wonderful opportunity to spend a year in Algiers working with the ‘Chaabi’ musicians, underground since the revolution. Greg arranged, orchestrated and rehearsed this music for the documentary film ‘El Gusto‘, an Algerian ‘Buena Vista Social Club’. This period of filming culminated in a tour of Europe where Greg performed with the El Gusto Orchestra at the Barbican (UK) and the Berlin Jazz Festival. The following two years Greg lived in Paris where he was involved in a number of different musical projects.
Upon his return to Dublin in 2009 Greg embarked upon the process of recording his debut CD. Inevitably all the influences along his journey have blended together and thus emerges a stunning album with an instrumental style of writing that beautifully weaves together the genres of jazz and world music.
The piano motives remain the heart of the group’s sound and this is strongly influenced by the musicians he is working with: drummer Kevin Brady (Ireland) bassist Dave Redmond (Ireland), percussionist Frailan Moran (Cuba) & percussionist Eddie McGinn (Ireland).
Greg has studied with Joe Zawinul, Lee Konitz, John Patitucci, Mike Stern, Mark Murphy, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Mike Nock and on the Rock side of things Greg has worked with Damon Albarn ( Blur/ Gorillaz )
Today Greg spends his time touring Europe, Asia, Australia and New York working and composing.
* All songs on the site are protected under international copyright law and are currently self-published & are available for licensing. If you are interested in using any of Greg’s music for any purpose you can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org