Gregg Karukas - "You’ll Know It’s Me"

(1999, Nightowl Records)
Track Listing:
  1. Black On The Boardwalk
  2. Welcome Home
  3. You'll Know It's Me
  4. Two Hearts Make One
  5. Del Mar Run
  6. Learning To Dance
  7. Soul Sermon
  8. Avalon
  9. Love Like This
  10. Tomorrow We Sail
  11. Barracuda Bob

Produced and Arranged by Gregg Karukas

Recorded and mixed at Nightowl Studios, March-June 1995.
Assistant Engineer / Live tour sound: Andrew Yeater
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Mastering
Digital Assembly: Ron Boustead
Cover Photo: Walter Mladina
“Live at Catalina JazzTrax Festival” photo: James Karukas
Art Design: Peter Trimarco
Piano Technician: James Karukas

Representation: Al Evers/A Train Management

All songs written by Gregg Karukas and published by Karukas Music/ASCAP except: Learning To Dance and Love Like This by Ron Boustead and Gregg Karukas (Art-Rock Music/BMI and Karukas Music/ASCAP)

Keyboardist/Composer/Producer Gregg Karukas continues to “break through” to the top of the Contemporary Jazz field by putting more warmth and emotion into his playing. Now, the much anticipated release of his 6th CD, You’ll Know It’s Me, demonstrates just why he is one of the best and busiest on the national New Adult Contemporary Jazz scene. You’ll Know It’s Me delivers a fresh, upbeat palette of sound and groove – a continuation of the R & B / Jazz blend he has perfected over 4 albums . The title says it all – owing to the distinctive melodic style that has established Karukas as a favorite core Smooth Jazz artist.

About YYou’ll Know It’s Me, Gregg says: “The inspiration for the title of my latest album……. this is so simple; everywhere I go people tell me that when they hear a song of mine on the radio, they can always tell it’s me – that’s the best compliment of all! My main goal in life is to write memorable melodies from the heart and keep pushing the groove envelope so that my music is distinctive . . . ”

Gregg first broke on to the scene as the original keyboardist with the The Rippingtons, recording the classic Moonlighting project with Kenny G., Dave Koz, and David Benoit. Summerhouse (1993), Karukas’ fourth album, rose quickly to the #1 spot on the Gavin Adult Alternative chart (#3 R&R) and Gregg’s stellar catalog still gets regular airplay in all the major radio markets. Lately, Gregg has been featured on festival tours around the world with musical cohorts Boney James, Eric Marienthal, Peter White, and Brazillian singer/guitarist Dori Caymmi. Dates are filling now for his own tour featuring singer/songwriter Shelby Flint.

Gregg’s two earlier releases, Sounds Of Emotion (1992), and Key Witness (1991) both reached the Top 5 on all the radio charts, and You’ll Know It’s Me continues the streak with 11 original compositions showcasing this talented player’s imaginative style and exquisite production. Gregg is known for assembling quite a cast of guest stars for each project with artists such as Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Everette Harp and Boney James contributing to recent albums. You’ll Know It’s Me is no exception and it features the cream of the crop of today’s music scene with Smooth Jazz stars Boney James, Eric Marienthal, Doc Powell, Shelby Flint, and many others lending a hand.