MONK'US Duet (new CD coming in 2020)
GREGORY RIVKIN - TONY PANCELLA
The Music Of Thelonious Monk
Gregory Rivkin, Trumpet
"The trumpeter, whose playing is in the tradition of Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, would in another era be a member of Art Blakeyís Jazz Messengers. His tone is quite attractive, his solos are full of surprises, and he plays with consistent passion and creativity within the hard bop and post bop tradition. Rivkinís fiery and forward-looking playing with luck makes him one of the pacesetters of the trumpet in the present and future yearsî -Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Author of the "Jazz Trumpet Kings" Encyclopedia (Third Ear)
An accomplished band-leader with robust musical individuality and a prolific sideman, trumpeter Greg Rivkin, gained his international reputation, in a jazz scene of Paris, France and New York, N.Y., U.S.A. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006. In addition to his diplomas with excellence in classical trumpet, Gregory has won awards in several international and national competitions in a discipline of classical and jazz trumpet held in Israel, France and United States. His high light sideman work in New York credits: Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, Mingus Big-Band just to name a few. In Israel Greg leads his own groups and works as featured soloist and core member with Tel-Aviv Big-Band.