World Downside Up

by J Kyle Gregory

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As far as human affairs go, this world is far from what it could be.
But there's still some honest beauty around, keeping alive a rumor of fullness that's never in the headlines, but more quietly powerful than the noise. These sounds are echoes from that world downside up.

"Beautiful are the poor, for the Kingdom of God is theirs. Beautiful are those who weep, for they are comforted. Beautiful are the meek, they inherit the earth. Beautiful are those who hunger for goodness, for they are satisfied. Beautiful are the compassionate, for they receive compassion. Beautiful are the pure in heart, for they see God. Beautiful are the peacemakers, for they are God's children. Beautiful are those persecuted for the sake of justice, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs."

( jkg translation from Matthew 5 )


released September 21, 2012

J Kyle Gregory, trumpet and composer
Aya Shimura, cello
Paolo Birro, piano
Salvatore Maiore, bass
Roberto Dani, drums and percussion

mixed by Stefano Amerio, Artesuono Studios
and Luke Atencio, Bluesweats Studios

cover art by Leigh Knowles Metteer
"Where We Meet"
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Special thanks to the Petersen clan for their investment in the production of this album.

photography by Silvia Tezza and Kathy Ann Koralek



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J Kyle Gregory Verona, Italy

Kyle, a former Fulbright Scholar,
is a trumpet player, composer and teacher living between China, the USA and Italy. He studied at Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Northern Colorado, completing his doctorate in 1995. He has recorded over 50 albums and performed with jazz and commercial artists such as Paul Motian, the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, and Liza Minelli. ... more

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