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Buddy Greco and His Trio at Iridium: From Philly to MacArthur Park

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Buddy Greco and His Trio
From Philly to MacArthur Park
Starring Buddy Greco on Piano and Vocals
(Buddy Greco Recordings)
Hap Smith, Guitar
Chris Berger, Bass
Jess Gopin, Drums
Iridium Jazz Club
Kevin Williams, Manager
1650 Broadway, Corner of 51st St, NYC

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 21, 2005

Songs, Arranged by Buddy Greco:

Iíll Remember April

Canít Take That Away From Me

It Might Be You

She Loves Me

The More I See You

Around the World

Itís Only a Paper Moon

Route 66

Start All Over Again

Canít Get Started

Buddy Greco, who performed with Benny Goodmanís band, is a native Philadelphian in his 55th year in show business. Greco has played with Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and more. He has recorded 70 albums and 100 singles, including gold records. His signature hits include MacArthur Park, Lady Is a Tramp, and Around the World. Once a child pianist and radio personality in Philadelphia, he joined Goodmanís band at age 16. His genre is mostly jazz, and he appeared in the best nightclubs and cabaret rooms in the world, including Las Vegas, Paris, and London. (Press Notes).

With a nice Mambo beat, Greco joined his trio of Hap Smith on guitar, Jess Gopin on drums, and Chris Berger on bass to start this second set on opening night of this series. Greco broke into a vibrant piano refrain, shared with Smith, and I knew I was listening to a pro. Iíll Remember April merged into Canít Take That Away From Me, seamlessly, as Greco found the core of his vocal strength and gave a seasoned performance, rich with history. Grecoís trio enhances, never overwhelming, and exuded energy and vibrancy.

It Might Be You needed a dance floor, as this refreshing song was so infused with natural rhythm. Without a pause, She Loves Me followed, with prominent enunciations and key changes that gave an enchanting edge to the sound. Grecoís voice is clear and mature, and he kept an upbeat, accented vocalization, with piano flourishes to finish his phrases. The More I See You was so very danceable again, mixed with emotion and occasional comments, ending with a quote from Mona Lisa, a tribute to Nat King Cole. In Around the World, with a fast Swing beat, Greco belted out every syllable in such seasoned style, that one would imagine heís sung it in his sleep. Yet, it never lost its fresh resonance.

As Greco loosened his tie on this hot July night in New York, he presented a longer tribute to Nat King Cole, with Itís Only a Paper Moon, Route 66, and Start All Over Again. In the closing tune, Canít Get Started, Greco switched from vocals to extended piano themes, as he concentrated on keyboard creations of cha-cha and other energized rhythms. Buddy Greco is still a vibrant and entertaining performer. Check out the Iridium Website for upcoming events.

Buddy Greco at Iridium
Photo courtesy of Jim Eigo

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