Greg Utech’s third compact disc, entitled CONCRETE JUNGLES, has brought together a number of artists with strong Detroit roots. Over two years in the making, this is Utech’s most ambitious and comprehensive work to date.
Still encompassing his trademark of unique sounds from untraditional sources – such as short wave radio, audio travelogues and sound-snippet archives – Utech further incorporates a variety of conventional musical instruments as compared to his previous discs. The result will appeal to jazz, techno, electronica and new music fans around the world.
The title track, “CONCRETE JUNGLES” is a jazz lover’s delight, led by Chris Branch’s fluid saxophone performance. The haunting “FEVER” also includes Branch, and highlights the vocal talent of Detroit’s staple and award-winning jazz singer, Sheila Landis. “LE FABRICANT” features classical guitar from the album’s co-producer and prolific live performer, Rick Matle. And the work of Phil Kelly, one of Michigan’s most renowned keyboard players, on “THE CROSSING,” especially the melodica line, creates a moody sound that is rich and smooth.
CONCRETE JUNGLES is a full and nicely varied work. There is nothing predictable – each piece stands strongly on its own. Recording artist and Grammy winning producer, Joe Henry, said of Utech’s work, “I’m a sucker for that sonic palate … I’m entertained.” CONCRETE JUNGLES is the third disc on Greg’s own label, SOUNDBITE RECORDS.
Tracks were recorded at SOLAR STUDIOS in Rochester, Michigan and mastered at ROSEVIEW STUDIOS by Rick Matle.
Contact information and downloads are available at www.gregutech.com.
Greg would like to salute some of his favorite artists and lifelong influences, including Donald Fagen, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchel, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and all who live and breathe the language of music.