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Flamenco Connection

Come To Me Review :: Summer 2003
"James' music is a vibrant melting pot of musicians, musical influences and instrumental sounds. As varied as the music is from one track to the next, the overall feel is perfectly cohesive. There is everything here from tasteful Flamenco guitar to bits of recited poetry - all held together by a tightly grooving world-class cast of musicians -the result is mind expanding and category defying. A true pan."

Jazziz

Reincarnation Review :: March 2002
"San Francisco guitarist Gregory James displays a remarkable blend of influences and styles on his latest CD, Reincarnation...Craig Easley's spoken-word vocals drive the hip-hop influenced For The Ride, while keyboardist Peter Horvath pays homage to Herbie Hancock on the funky jazz/fusion of Brain Melter. Drummer Deszon Claiborne sets a shuffling pace on the Wayne Shorter standard Nefertiti for the classical nuances of violinist Jenny Scheinman. Strings, percussion, and even turntables appear intermittently throughout the disc, but the two most important ingredients are James' tasteful nylon string runs and the overall brilliance of Kai Eckhardt, former bassist for John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell. On the title track, the bassist sets up James' melodic lines with equal parts taste, space and imagination."

MetroBeat

May 2004
"Gregory James visits Greenville this week with his trio. Combining elements of bebop and rock he learned in San Francisco in the psychedelic '60s with bossa nova, North Indian classical music and Afro-Cuban grooves, his eclectic music could justly be called world jazz."

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