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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."

Jazziz

Samsara Review :: June 2008
"'Influences are funny,' says the namesake guitarist and leader of San Francisco Bay area band the Gregory James Quartet. 'Charlie Parker always said he was very influenced by Tommy Dorsey. He loved his sound. What are you going to say to that?' James says quite a bit on his latest release, Samsara. The guitarist's nylon-stringed intro to the title track shows his classical and flamenco influences over the course of only the tune's first minute. The track's remainder shows fingerprints of the recognizable artists James has worked with during his career, including drummer/percussionist Chico Hamilton, guitarist Bola Sete and pianist Vince Guaraldi."

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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