''Invention', according to the 'New Harvard Dictionary of Music', is defined as 'an original product of the imagination'. Jazz is described as 'an expanding collection of 20th century styles' where 'improvisation is essential'. My new CD Inventions embraces exactly these concepts. My music has always drawn from different genres and composing is my passion. But in the realm of these twelve tunes it was a joy to also write for a variety of instruments and performers. This group of incredibly gifted performers covers a wide range - not only musically and stylistically but also in terms of age, race and gender.' Greg Porée, October 2008. To be even more precise "in terms of age, race and gender": This scenic and cool jazz album features exactly twenty-one highly acclaimed musicians - three women, one British-German and two African-American; one Jamaican, one Cuban, one Hispanic, two Italian-American, one Arab-American, six American and six African American - ranging from Ebony to Ivory and covering every age group from 26 to 62. After a two year period of writing, rewriting, arranging and producing, Greg's third solo album was finally completed! The CD 'Inventions' was released on October 1, 2008. It was recorded in Pasadena and Los Angeles and produced by the artist himself, Greg Porée and artist and writer, Frances Livings. * * * Greg Porée - Having grown up in a multi-cultural environment, Greg Porée has always been deeply influenced by the exposure to diverse styles of music, ranging from Bach to Beatles, and from Villa-Lobos to Motown. Greg has been fortunate enough to build his career in Los Angeles around music. His instrument is the guitar and currently, his "day job" is being the lead guitarist on the BBC hit show 'Dancing with the Stars'. Apart from always having been musically active in film and television he has worked as a guitarist, musical director, arranger and producer with the most talented musicians, ranging from Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock to Sting and Phoebe Snow. You can hear him on landmark albums from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Stanely Turrentine, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson and James Blunt. His third solo album 'Inventions' features world-renowned jazz artists like Patrice Rushen, Karen Briggs, Bryan Pezzone and Keith Jones.
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