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"Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut is a consummation of the marriage of jazz improvisation and composition, an unrestrained exploration of the saxophone as a voice all its own", in a trio with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Damion Reid.

Ward, Greg's
Phonic Juggernaut

Ward, Greg's : Phonic Juggernaut (Thirsty Ear)
Label: Thirsty Ear    
Released in: USA    

"Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut is a consummation of the marriage of jazz improvisation and composition, an unrestrained exploration of the saxophone as a voice all its own. As Ward's debut with Thirsty Ear, the recording presents a burgeoning jazz force in a landscape of his own percipience and inspiration.

The trio of Ward, the flawless bass of Joe Sanders, and Damion Reid's polyrhythmic drums provides ample breathing room for Ward to tear along at his own pace. Ward blasts here, there, and everywhere with dexterity and virtuosity extraordinary for his 28 years. Sanders and Reid impeccably complement Ward's each move, pounding and bopping along with every note, invigorating moments of intensity and providing an ambient strength and driving spirit throughout the hour-long production.

In his work Ward carefully balances improvisation and his own compositions, crafting polished and dignified works that still breathe unrestrained, bursting with vitality and soul. He does not compromise cerebral comprehen- sion for energetic soul-stirring jazz, but manages to capture both. His spirit and vigor fit his age, but his soul and prowess belie his youth. It is no simple task to encapsulate such pulchritude and fervor, but Ward's Phonic Juggernaut certainly lives up to its name, constructing an album that exists as an organic jazz entity, simultaneously compelling and sublime."-Thirsty Ear

"Greg Ward, whose long and searching alto saxophone solo is one of the best things I've heard this year." -The New York Times "Saxist Greg Ward airs his appealingly sprightly, fusionish compositions in the company of bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Damion Reid." -Time Out New York "Ward has become a prolific composer and arranger-no small feat given the hours of practice necessary to maintain his level of instrumental virtuosity" -Downbeat

"Damion Reid hailing from West Covina, California a city east of Los Angeles. He is the son of well-respected bassist and astute operatic singer and teacher. By the age of three, Damion was already playing in church. It was around the age of twelve that Damion began being mentored by the world-renowned drummer Billy Higgins. During these formative years Billy's spirit for life and music was deeply seeded in Damion's fertile mind. Seeing Damion's ability to grasp the music both, analytically and conceptually it wasn't long before Billy invited him to be a part of his drum collective. As he began to mature musically he found himself frequenting Billy's club "The World Stage," learning and playing with the likes of Billy Childs, George Bohanon and Oscar Brashear.

As Damion continued to cultivate his love for music through his high school years, he managed school life with professional obligations. Damion graduated High School and made the move to Boston, Massachusetts New England Conservatory of Music where he spent time with Cecil McBee, Danilo Perez, Fred Buda and George Russell as well as his musical peers. It was while in Boston between the years of 1998 and 1999 that he received the prestigious Alan Dawson scholarship. He then was accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California. Soon finding himself trekking to New York City to attend The New School. He then began performing and touring alongside Greg Osby, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Steve Lehman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jacky Terrasson, Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Marcus Belgrave, Lauryn Hill, Robert Hurst, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, Mark Shim, Mark Turner, Chihiro Yamanaka, Steve Coleman, Bunky Green and many others."

-Damion Reid Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 700435719927

Label: Thirsty Ear
Catalog ID: THI 57199.2
Squidco Product Code: 15391

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Spin Music Studios, LIC, NY in April 2011 by Manny Sanchez.


Greg Ward-alto saxophone

Joe Sanders-bass

Damion Reid-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Above Ground 11:24

2. Leanin' In 9:50

3. Velvet Lounge Shut-In 11:12

4. Phonic Juggernaut 8:43

5. This Ain't In Book 3 7:09

6. V.S. 4 6:10

7. Sectionate City 6:18