Reviewers statements about Phil DeGreg CD's
"…a superbly fluent technician who values melodicism over pianistic gymnastics."
"…a masterful way with a piano trio…surprisingly varied, displaying the huge range of what a piano trio is capable of."
—The Cincinnati Enquirer
" …this cat plays great jazz, seemingly effortlessly. Listening to "Whirl Away" shows again why DeGreg need not bow before any other jazz pianist in the land. He's absolutely worthy of the designation 'master.'"
"…a strong musician with rock-solid rhythmic power and a tasteful sense of melody and arrangement…The Green Gate is a compelling recording…all the correct elements are in perfect balance. More than a few New York musicians could learn from this guy in Cincinnati."
—Jazz Improv Magazine
"a musician of ceaseless curiosity…relaxed, natural, and soulful…a consistently provocative and enjoyable jazz performance"
—James Williams, pianist
"Phil DeGreg is a pianist whose music always swings…the music surges with power and energy…"
—Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors Magazine
"Phil DeGreg is definitely a player …the music is first-class and the core trio is as securely anchored and synchronous as they come."
—All About Jazz Online
"A compelling modernist with a directly emotional approach, DeGreg has forged a singular style…Here, with Phil's bracing originals and well-crafted arrangements, there's organization and freedom. It's an appealing combination that makes one want to visit the music time and time again."
—Dr. Chuck Berg, writer for Downbeat
"An ear-pleasing session that's full of ingenuity and surprise."
"Provocative and lyrical style…the overall effect is one of strong rhythmic accord and imaginative melodic improvisation…"
".…well-wrought linear playing imbued with a flowing lyricism…these four players settle into a comfortable empathy shaped by keen ears for the carefully chosen pieces."
"DeGreg is an elegant new voice at the Steinway...DeGreg handles every tempo and every grouping with consummate skill. Surely he is a pianist deserving of a national reputation."
"…DeGreg has a deep understanding of the blues. His moves swing …Highly recommended…"
—The Grand Rapids Press
"A talent deserving wider recognition, Phil DeGreg carries the mainstream jazz torch effectively and with sparks flying."
—Jim Santella, All About Jazz
"…straight-up jazz with confidence and authority. He has an easy grace and a strong sense of tradition."
"…Phil exhibits an excellent understanding of the complex compositions, and the stride tradition from which Monk sprang…they succeed because they have an undeniable affection for Monk, and their performance is top-notch….Phil DeGreg's masterful piano interprets Monk brilliantly and Kim Pensyl's trumpet is the perfect complement"
—All About Jazz,
"Phil DeGreg is a wonderful musician! He has the ability to make whatever he plays his own. Regardless of style, he is creative and comfortable in making music at a very high level. Playing music with Phil is always a treat!""