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It's not hard to understand why he garnered the attention of a major act like Maroon 5, or how he impressed them enough to be made the official sixth member of the band.
Morton has won a Grammy Award previously, but not as a performer; he earned it in 2002 for writing and producing India.
It was at the club that he first met drummer Cindy Blackman, who was so impressed with his playing that she sat in with the group and made arrangements to later perform with Lewis.
An unwavering fan of the Tony Williams Lifetime group, featuring Larry Young on organ, Blackman is the perfect complement for Lewis', who names Young as his primary influence on the instrument (along with, of course, Jimmy Smith as well as Sly Stone).
New York native, keyboardist Greg Lewis, a highly accomplished mainstay on the city's jazz, blues and funk scenes, who has earned a solid reputation for his versatile work around town in a vast variety of settings, steps out front for the first time on his debut CD Organ Monk.
Lewis' sensitive and soulful keyboard playing has made him a favorite among some of the music's finest vocalists - including blues queen Sweet Georgia Brown, jazz and soul songstress, Lezlie Harrison and ex-Brooklyn Funk Essentials singer / songwriter Stephanie Mc Kay -- and earned him a featured role on saxophonist Sam Newsome's Groove Project recording 24/7.
With all these accomplishments, Morton has proved himself to be a truly versatile artist who can contribute to every phase of the music-making process.
He can write a successful song, go on to provide keyboards and vocals for that song, and then produce the finished track - and he has seen success in each of these roles.
Arie's song "Interested," when he was credited by his birth name Paul Morton, Jr.
Morton was still in college at the time, and in an interview with Young Money HQ, called the experience "just incredible." He's also produced for a variety of other artists, including LL Cool J, Heather Headley, and Monica.
There's the bouncing rhythm that jumps out of the long tones that set up "Boo Boo's Birthday" and its fittingly funny quote by Lewis of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had A Little Lamb", followed the lilting rhythms of the bebop masterpiece "Coming On The Hudson." Blackman's energetic drumming on the fiercely burning "Four In One", reminiscent of Art Blakey's work with Monk, incites Lewis and Jackson to some of their best soloing of the date.
Lewis' playing on "Locomotion" with his tonally expansive keyboard work, intelligent use of space and cleverly complementary bass line is nothing short of masterful.
"It all started there," the younger Lewis proclaims, also naming unsung master Elmo Hope as a major influence.