Classic Contemporary Jazz - 11 Smooth and Contemporary Jazz Classics recorded in 1995 by Sax Player Greg Vail. Re-released, re-mastered and with a new look: Emotion 2002 is now shipping from Greg Vail Music.
Smooth Jazz - Contemporary Jazz Saxophone
Emotion was Greg's first CD as leader and hit the Radio Charts hard with Top 10 hits Loves Gift and Just To See Her first made famous by by Smokey Robinson.
It is 2007 and this CD still gets air play around the country. See what others have known for years now. Go listen to a few tracks or go to www.gregvail.com for sound clips on every track - listed on the left as Greg Vail’s web site.
This highly listenable CD covers the gamut with beautiful love songs, driving grooves and high energy fun. Contemporary yet Smooth, and compared by others to the Kenny G, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum or Gerald Albright of that era; Emotion is must have from the Smooth Jazz of yesteryear and is available and ready to go to your house or just drive around with you in your car. Order your copy today!
Following below is Reviews, Bio and CD Credits about Greg Vail as a Saxophone Artist. For more information on Greg Vail see GregVail.com.
Thanks for looking and listening!!!
eMotion Review by Jonathan Widran
"Fans of pop-jazz super group Kilauea have been licking their lips over the long anticipated release of Greg Vail's opening solo statement E-Motion, and the charismatic multi-saxman does everything musically possible to fulfill their fantasies.
Infusing the same type of frenetic energy and silky passion as in his live and recorded performances with the band, Vail keeps his ideas melodically simple while venturing into enough edgy improvisational territory that will keep obvious comparisons at bay.
While punchy gems like the title track will have ears salivating coast to coast, and the Smokey Robinson cover "Just To See Her" finds a safe familiarity, the real standouts are the smoking blues-brass gun "Ben-Jamin" and the swaying orchestral centerpiece "In The Beginning." These two spin all emotions into unexpected directions.
Peter White and Carl Verheyen add some impressive string work, helping Vail establish his own voice on what could have been just another impressive pop jam session"
Greg Vail Performance Credits
Peter White, Rick Braun, John Tesh, Steve Oliver, Slim Man, Craig Chaquico, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Warren Hill, Jeff Kashiwa, Boney James, Nestor Torres, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Roger Smith, Freddie Ravel, Chris Standring, Native Vibe, Marc Antoine, Steve Reid's Bamboo Forest, Keiko Matsui, Guitar & Saxes (with Richard Elliot), Patrick Yandall, Brian Bromberg, Rob Mullins, Jeff Golub, Brian Culbertson, Diane Schuur, Grant Geissman, Wilton Felder, Marion Meadows, Scott Wilkie, Lenny Castro, Tony Guerrero, Smokey Robinson, Al Stewart, The Coasters, The Drifters, & The Platters. At a Guns and Roses after party Greg even performed with Slash, Billy Idol, and Andrew Dice Clay.
Greg Adams (Tower Of Power), Rob Mullins, Peter White, Rick Braun, John Tesh, Tom Scott, Mindi Abair, Steve Oliver, Brian Bromberg, Jeff Golub, Brian Culbertson, Diane Schuur, Grant Geissman, Wilton Felder, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Warren Hill, Jeff Kashiwa, Boney James, Nestor Torres, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Roger Smith, Freddie Ravel, Chris Standring, Native Vibe, Marc Antoine, Slim Man, Craig Chaquico, Steve Reid's Bamboo Forest, Keiko Matsui, Guitar & Saxes (with Richard Elliot), Patrick Yandall, Marion Meadows, Scott Wilkie, Lenny Castro, Tony Guerrero, Smokey Robinson, Al Stewart, Bill Medley, The Coasters, The Drifters, & The Platters. At a Guns and Roses after party Greg even jammed with Slash, Billy Idol, and Andrew Dice Clay on drums.
Greg Vail Bio
Saxman Greg Vail
"raging action" "stunningly rich" "charismatic" "totally engaging"
Whether blowing a tenderly passionate soprano sax, firing up his exciting and playful alto, or edging into a more aggressive stance with his brilliant technique on tenor sax, Greg Vail is a show stopper nonpareil, and one of the most dynamic saxophone players on today's instrumental scene.
-Jonathan Widran (National Jazz Author)
Seldom a day goes by that Greg Vail's saxophone is not heard on radio or television. Over the course of the last 25 years, Vail has recorded on literally hundreds of Smooth Jazz and Christian CDs. Recent jazz credits include Peter Whites smash hit Perfect Moment (#1 Billboard and #1 on Radio) and Grammy nominated, keyboardist Rob Mullins 3 most recent CDs. Television credits include all woodwinds in the award-winning, NBC series Profilers, numerous commercials, cable television Jazz specials and a national commercial for Time Life Records aired to promote the million-selling Sax By Candlelight and Sax By Moonlight CDs featuring Greg Vail. He has also recorded over 200 songs for Muzak, which are heard everyday, everywhere.
Touring with some of the hottest names in Jazz, Vail has performed with Rick Braun, Peter White, Keiko Matsui, Guitar & Saxes (with Richard Elliot), Rob Mullins, Slim Man, Craig Chaquico, Dave Koz, Marc Antoine, Diane Schuur, Eric Marienthal, and Brian Bromberg to name a few. In the Christian Music scene, he has recorded with the likes of Petra, Jon Gibson, Crystal Lewis, John Elefante, Leon Patillo, Morris Chapman and on numerous Maranatha, Vineyard and Saddleback Church projects. In the Pop world, Vail has played with Smokey Robinson, Al Stewart, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Slash, Billy Idol, Brian Wilson and Andrew Dice Clay.
Inspired by his grandfather, who was a professional saxophonist, Vail first picked up the horn at age six, studying privately while playing in school bands, junior high through high school. Beginning music studies at Orange Coast College while only 15, Vails formal training in music continued through his graduation from Long Beach State, where he received his B.A. in Music in 1984.
After graduation, Vail worked his way up the ranks of local bands until joining Smooth Jazz super group Kilauea when it first formed in 1991. Over the next 4 years Vail recorded on 4 CDs with Kilauea which prepared the way for his debut solo CD, eMotion, released in 1995 on BrainChild Records. He left Kilauea to form his own band that same year, simultaneously landing a deal to record Sax By Candlelight, a 40-song collection of love songs on Time Life Records released in 1996, which was repackaged and released as Sax By Moonlight in 1997 as a 4 CD box set.
Busy touring with guitar sensation Peter White and keyboardist Rob Mullins, Vail did not release another solo CD until December 2000, when his own record label, Greg Vail Music received the financing to record and release Christmas, The Hymns. Recorded and manufactured in a mere 3 weeks, Christmas, The Hymns put Greg Vail Music on the map. Recording began January 2001 for a compilation of favorite Gospel melodies; The Gospel Truth was released May 2001 on Greg Vail Music. With the purchase of the eMotion CD rights, Vail then remastered and repackaged his debut CD, eMotion, and re-released this Smooth Jazz gem in 2002.
The latest release on Greg Vail Music is a live traditional jazz recording of Holiday Favorites featuring B3 Organ and Jazz Guitar. Is It Christmas Yet? was released in 2004 and promoted in 2005 with rave reviews from both music industry and saxophone worlds.
New CDs are in the works including Pop Gospel Hymns, Love Songs and Smooth Jazz genres.
With numerous music, saxophone and education websites online, significant credits in every area of the music business and 4 solo CD releases over the past few years, Greg Vail has reestablished his presence as one of the most prolific musicians on the Instrumental Jazz scene today.
Contact Greg Vail
P.O. Box 1661, Lake Forest, CA. 92609
Greg Vail Home Page - gregvail.com
Saxophone Reviews - saxreviews.com
Saxophone Players - saxophone.us
Tenor Sax Education - tenorsaxophone.us
Alto Sax Education - altosaxophone.us
Teen Education - teenjazz.com
Greg Vail CDs
Greg Vail Music Releases:
"Christmas, The Hymns" - Greg Vail Music, 2000.
"The Gospel Truth" - Greg Vail Music, 2001.
"e-Motion" - Greg Vail Music, 2002. Digitally re-mastered and repackaged.
"Is It Christmas Yet?" - Greg Vail Music, 2004.
"The Gospel Truth Revisited" - Greg Vail Music, 2006.
Other Greg Vail CDs
Also released as Leader:
"e-Motion" - BrainChild Records, 1995.
"The Best Of Sax By Candlelight" - Time Life Music, 1996.
"Greg Vail, Sax By Candlelight" - Time-Life Music/BrainChild Records, 1996.
"Sax By Candlelight" - Time Life Music, 1996. 40 Songs on 2 discs.
"Sax By Moonlight" (4 Box Set) - Delta Music Inc./Time Life Music released 1997.
1. "Unforgettable" - Delta Music, Inc.
2. "Just The Way You Are" - Delta Music, Inc.
3. "It Had To Be You" - Delta Music, Inc.
4. "Always On My Mind" - Delta Music, Inc.
"Sax By Candlelight" - BMG & BMG Special Products, 1998.
"Moonlite Sax" - Private Label CD, 1998.
"Sax By Candlelight" - Heartland Music, 1998.
Greg Vail Endorsements:
Yamaha Saxophones, Akai EWI, Audio Technica Wireless Systems, KenKase Reed Cases.
Greg's Woodwind Equipment includes:
Yamaha YSS-62R Soprano Saxophone, Beechler medal 7 mouthpiece, with Rico Royal 2 ½ reeds.
Yamaha YAS-875B Custom Alto Saxophone, Black Lacquered, silver M1 neck, Dave Guardala Bebop Traditional Alto Gold Plated Mouthpiece. Rico Plastic Cover 2 ½ reeds.
Yamaha YTS-875B Custom Tenor Saxophone, Black Lacquered, silver F1 neck, Dave Guardala Custom (Crescent Tenor, more open) Gold Plated Mouthpiece, Rico Plastic Cover 2 ½ reeds.
Yamaha YBS-62 Baritone Saxophone, Guardala Studio mouthpiece, 4 Rico Plastic Cover reeds.
Yamaha YCL-CSV Custom V-Series Clarinet, Rhueben Allen thin wall bronze 64m barrel, Jim Canter Custom mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature, Vandoren 4 reeds.
Muramatzu Flute with wing tip head joint.
Yamaha YPC-62 Wood Piccolo.
Akai EWI 4000 (Electronic Woodwind Instrument).
For MORE Greg Vail Credits and current BIO Information, Go To Greg Vail Sax Home in the left "LINKS" section of this page. See Saxophonists Greg Vail web sites, blogs and education sites - many listed in "LINKS".
Thanks for checking out the Smooth Jazz - Contemporary Jazz Saxophone Music of Greg Vail!