Greg Manning – Sugar & Spice
Keyboardist Greg Manning had his debut with Soulciety in 1999. Next followed his albums The Calling (2010) and Dance With You (2014). His fourth album Sugar & Spice was released in July 2016 on Kalimba Music.
Most of the tracks are written by Greg with the exception of Esperanza and Happy. Greg performs on his album variations of keys from Rhodes, piano, organ, to Clavinet and Synth Bass. Further musicians on this album are Donald Hayes, J, Reid (sax), Eric Valentine (drums, hand claps), Ian Martin, Hussain Jiffry (bass, hand claps), Gabriel Hasselbach (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone), Patrick Bettison (harmonica), Darrell Crooks, Adam Hawley, Terry Wollman (guitar), and Tony Moore (drums).
The fast paced Sugar & Spice opens the party with a kicking Donald Hayes on tenor sax and Manning’s breathing pulse on piano. Round ‘N’Round shines with a brilliant piano solo rising Greg’s jazzy side out of the stomping beat. J. Reid takes an honest jazz approach on alto sax.