Recordings & Projects

Posted below are samples from some of my recording projects.  I hope you enjoy them.  Additional samples from upcoming releases and other projects will be coming soon.  Thanks for listening. 

Bennett Paster, Gregory Ryan & Keith Hall


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Invisible Horizon
The “Good Feeling” is back! My second CD with Bennett Paster and Keith Hall emphatically proves it. Recorded in May 2006, this new release showcases our continuing development as a trio and features original music by each of us as well as three new arrangements of standards. True to form, this recording features clarion sonic-fidelity, inspired performances and grooves guaranteed to make you feel good.  Renowned tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek contributes his unique lyricism to three tracks.

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Streaming MP3 Samples
1. Sweet and Lovely
2. Bunzo Bean   
3. Wisdom...1st Things 1st
4. Everything I Love
5. The Wild Kitties
6. Almost Like Being With You
7. Dark Day
8. No Milquetoast   
9. Epiphany
10. Invisible Horizon
11. East of the Sun

 

Bennett Paster, Gregory Ryan & Keith Hall


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Skyline
Pianist Bennett Paster and drummer Keith Hall are two of my favorite people to make music with.  Our debut CD Skyline features original music by each of us, as well as arrangements of some favorite standards. These boys swing hard, but we also cover significantly more ground, incorporating R&B, funk and Latin grooves into our music. Click here for press releases about this CD and photos of this trio. Click here for more information about Paster, Ryan & Hall: Skyline.

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Streaming MP3 Samples
1. Jabali (Paster)
2. Passing Time (Paster)
3. The Wild Kitties (Paster) (unreleased: Live at The Outpost, Abq., NM)

 

Grupo Yanqui


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Grupo Yanqui
Pianist Bennett Paster and I have a love for modern Afro-Cuban and Afro-Latin jazz. Grupo Yanqui is the band we founded to play our original music that’s influences start with these styles and extend into Brazilian, funk and R&B and elsewhere. Our fiery debut CD, released in 2001, features an international lineup including Cubans Yosvany Terry on saxophone and Dafnis Prieto on percussion, Israeli percussionist Gilad and Americans, saxophonist Chris Cheek and drummer Rob GarciaVisit GrupoYanqui.com for more information about Grupo Yanqui.

Streaming MP3 Samples
1. Miller Time (Ryan)
2. Mona Se Queda (Paster)
3. PoMoAfroMoFoJo (Ryan) (unreleased, featuring Keith Hall & Alex Norris)

 

 

Matthew Fries, Gregory Ryan, Vinson Valega


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Live @ 147

In the late nineties, pianist Matthew Fries, drummer Vinson Valega and I  played many gigs at a now-defunct spot called Restaurant 147, on West 15th Street in NYC.  Acoustically, it was a good sounding room, so Vins and I started recording our performances, simply to document the sound of the band.  This CD represents some of our favorites.

 

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