(Rhythm of the Homeland)
Ritmo Patria is the newest album released from Cold Plunge Records. It melds the sweet sounds of Salsa and Latin jazz with compositions from two remarkable composers. Cuban-born Michael Eyia brings the flavor of his homeland to the album with a gorgeous traditional number, Ôdiame, and several other striking original pieces. Gregg Hill shows his love of the Latin style with a basket of original jazz compositions with a strong Latin flavor. Regional star players Mike Daniels, Jon Gewirtz, Arlene McDaniel, Terry Newman, and Xavier Rosario round out Ritmo Patria with stellar performances. A must-have for Salsa/Latin jazz enthusiasts!
The Music of Gregg Hill
"Outrospection" is the second musical collaboration between bandleader Rodney Whitaker and jazz composer Gregg Hill. The first being "Common Ground" on Origin Records in 2019.
This collection of 11 original tunes "...was made in 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The players were all socially distanced in their own isolation booths, and there wasn't much rehearsal time. But the long histories of the players have with each other and the rewards of Hill's sophisticated compositions paid off in music that's focused, polished and inspired. "Making recordings with Gregg is really about love, respect, and friendship," said Whitaker. "That's what you hear."
—Mark Stryker Jazz From Detroit
University of Michigan Press
Gregg Hill & Elden Kelly
Cold Plunge Records will be presenting a weekly jazz series Thursdays 6-8 pm @ MI Blue Owl Coffee, Lansing, MI. Gregg Hill and Elden Kelly will anchor the show with a variety of original material. Guest artists will be added as the series progresses.
Blue Owl Coffee
1149 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910