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Bassist Tony Grey to Release His Sophomore Record on Abstract Logix

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Tony Grey
Surrounding himself with a stellar cast of improvisers and fellow virtuosos, including drummers Ronald Bruner Jr and Chris Dave, harmonica ace Gregoire Maret, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bass trumpeter and trombonist Elliot Mason, current collaborator and former Berklee classmate Oli Rockberger, the astounding Holdsworthian guitarist Tim Miller and pianist Hiromi, Grey acquits himself as a remarkably fluent player with a strong melodic penchant on pieces like the beautiful ballad “Don't Look For Love," the breezy “Walking In Walking Out" and the upbeat title track. He reveals an appealing pop sensibility on “Guiding Light," which carries a Police-meets-Pat Metheny quality, and he unleashes with abandon on formidable chops showcases like “Dark Within" and “No Man's Land," his answer to Jaco's “Teen Town."

Grey engages in some lively call-and-response with Loueke on the buoyant Afro-pop flavored “One Of Those Lives" and he builds to an ecstatic crescendo on the rhapsodic closer, “Where Does It End." From start to finish, Grey delivers with authority, taste and inspiration on his fully-realized sophomore outing.

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