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Guitarist and composer Greg Chako is the consummate musician who, despite personal hardships in his life, dedicates himself to the art of jazz with every fiber of his being, producing one fine album after another. Everybody's Got a Name is his ninth album overall, and fourth in a little over a two-year period. The music contained in his previous releases explored the expressive side of his creative compositions, and helped establish Chako as a master guitarist. With only three standards on the program, the majority of the music presented on Everybody's Got a Name features original compositions and arrangements.
All-original compositions for Bass-Guitar duets; The bass is on equal footing with the guitar.
“These guys are attached at the hip capturing the essence of each track with great feeling and clarity … Extremely polished … covers a great deal of moods and harmonic diversity in the entire superb program. There are huge surprises too! This is World-Class and will inspire repeated listening. BRAVO to two consummate Jazz musicians” - Rufus Reid, Jazz Bassist/Composer
The skilled guitarist and composer performs ten of his originals in a group with bassist Mason Daugherty, drummer Michael Meloy, former Miles Davis percussionist Steve Thornton and, on three of the selections, pianist Wayne Yeager. Life After 40 is the latest milestone in Greg Chako’s career. He is heard in prime form throughout the entire album, making every perfectly-placed note count. His music is both accessible and consistently creative, melodic yet full of unpredictable moments. - Scott Yanow
“The best jazz improvisation going beyond the repetition of licks and the various pet phrases . . . Spontaneous melodic development . . . the zenith of this art form . . . An extemporaneous ability to create coherent melodic statements and to develop them on the fly with impeccable rhythm and phrasing . . . keeps the listener engaged! He never disappoints!”
- Joe Finn, Jazz Guitarist