Over the years Greg has been involved in a number of other musical ventures, including the following:
In the summer between his sophomore and junior years at high school, Greg joined the band Somah which was then a two-person outfit in a basement. However, before long Somah developed a cult following in Fairfield County, Connecticut and soon added a fourth member. The band became increasingly popular within the state, then regionally. They completed a national tour in 1994 and soon after were featured in Relix magazine. Somah relocated to Burlington, Vermont in the summer of 1996. In January 1998, after releasing three studio albums and one live album, with thousands of fans nationwide, Somah played their final show at Nectar's in downtown Burlington. Somah helped to establish Greg as a respected bassist. He also gained experience as an arranger and backup vocalist. Somah's studio albums can be heard here, and a small collection of their live performances are available here.
In 1999, after moving to Fayetteville, Arkansas to attend college, Greg was asked to fill in on bass for the band Sigmund Blue, who had a gig but their bassist backed out at the last minute. After playing this show, Greg became interested in working with Sigmund Blue further, although at the time he envisioned himself in a producer role. However, after a steaming impromptu performance at a Halloween party, Greg decided to join the group as a full-time member. The band played a number of shows in the Fayetteville, Arkansas area and developed a small following. They undertook a dazzling full-length studio album, which proved to be the band's swan song. The album can be heard here. Then, eight years after the band's demise, the three members of Sigmund Blue (Greg Goldman, Andy Goodson, and Brandi Parker) joined forces again to record a new album. The new album, Long Distance Mixtape (2010), was recorded with Greg in Pittsburgh, PA, Brandi in New York, NY, and Andy in Fayetteville, AR, with the members exchanging tracks over the internet. The fascinating concept of the album, which most closely resembles what in artist circles is known as the "exquisite corpse" technique, can be read about at the band's website, sigmundblue.com, where Long Distance Mixtape is available as a free download.
The Athens Fusion Collective
While attending graduate school in Athens, Ohio Greg formed a friendship with Athens drummer Jim Johanson. Jim, who had played in bands in the Athens area for years, had the idea of forming a jazz-fusion project with rotating membership. They enlisted guitarist Shannon Scott to round out the core of what became the Athens Fusion Collective. The concept was to function as a band with Greg, Jim and Shannon at the center, and other members rotating in and out of the lineup for each performance. The result was one of the most unique musical projects to emerge from the Athens music scene at that time. The group's setlist consisted of jazz standards, fusion songs from artists such as Hebie Hancock and Stanley Clark, and even a swing version of Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick." The group also composed a few original songs, generally bearing names inspired by quotes from the classic Cohen Brothers film The Big Lebowski. The Athens Fusion Collective's music can be heard here.
While attending graduate school, Greg placed an ad in a local music store offering his services as a bassist. He was soon contacted by members of Todd Rooster, a band of undergraduate students at Ohio University. The group, whose lineup at the time included a hip-hop inspired lead vocalist, an electric violinist, a finger-picking funk guitarist, and several dominant writers, immediately intruiged Greg and he came on full-time as their bassist. Due to his age and experience, Greg was dubbed "Papa Rooster" and he became a vital driving force in the band. After several years, one extraordinary debut album (on which Greg acted as producer as well as a musician), countless packed shows, and several lineup changes, Todd Rooster came to an end in 2006. Todd Rooster's music can be heard here.
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