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Gregory Ryan

Gregory Ryan 

AMT Microphone Used: S25B


New York City native Gregory Ryan has established himself as an in-demand sideman on
both acoustic and electric bass. His big supportive sound, swinging style, and complete

AMT Endorser - Gregory Ryan

AMT Endorser – Gregory Ryan

understanding of harmony and his role on the bandstand combine to create his ability to make even the most complex modern composition swing in the tradition of the great bass players.
At home in a variety of musical worlds — accomplished in Brazilian, Cuban, funk, and
mainstream jazz styles — he performs in festivals and concerts worldwide. Mr. Ryan has
appeared with pianists James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, and Benny Green; guitarists Jim
Hall and Pat Martino; vocalists Karrin Allyson, Peter Cincotti, and Dena DeRose; and
numerous jazz luminaries including Regina Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Billy Harper, Tom
Harrell, and Joe Locke, among others. Mr. Ryan’s growing Latin Jazz credits include
performances with the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-
Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill, Papo Vazquez’ Pirates Troubadours, and Bobby
Sanabria’s Quarteto Aché.
Gregory Ryan co-leads Grupo Yanqui with Bennett Paster. Calling the band “one of New
York’s best kept secrets, ” Jazz Review (UK) critic Fred Grand cited their 2008 release,
Grupo Yanqui Rides Again, among the top ten CDs of 2008. In Jazziz, Ed Kopp wrote “once
again, Paster and Ryan have seamlessly melded jazz chops with accessible Latin forms, ” and
that “Ryan more than meets the challenges confronting a Latin-jazz bassist, building a solid
foundation on every track.” In his 4.5-star review, Michael G. Nastos of All Music Guide
concluded, “No matter the criteria, this wonderful music would be difficult to nitpick, for it is
not copped, derivative, or clichéd on any but the minutest levels. Given that many artists in
recent times have mixed the Latin and jazz genres, Grupo Yanqui are not only riding high,
but also streaking ahead of similar groups.” Their 2001 self-titled debut CD skillfully
balanced original compositions by Ryan and Paster with Cuban and latin-tinged standards,
drawing from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and American traditions and influences. All Music
Guide praised the disc’s “involved arrangements, passionate solos, and vigorous,
spontaneous interplay, all with a melodic and cosmopolitan Latin funk touch.” Grupo Yanqui
has made concert and clinic appearances from New York to California since its inception in
1998. A quartet edition of Grupo Yanqui toured as part of the U.S. State Department and
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program in 2006,
performing and conducting workshops in Sweden, Russia, Estonia and Serbia-Montenegro.
Invisible Horizon, Mr. Ryan’s 2006 recording as a leader, is the second collaborative project
with pianist Bennett Paster and drummer Keith Hall. “There’s no wasted motion, with an
effortless, clean, smooth dynamic throughout, ” All Music Guide says of the album. The
record features original compositions by all three musicians as well as a few choice
standards. Tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek joins the trio on three tracks. This trio enjoyed
critical acclaim of their debut CD, Skyline, described by as “a beautifully
melodic effort, start to finish, ” praising the trio’s “relaxed, optimistic, vivacious” sound;
Modern Drummer states that the trio “radiate[s] warmth, vitality, robust melodicism, and an
effortless swing.”
Gregory Ryan uses AMT acoustic bass microphones.