"Music Appreciation" - new 2-CD set from Chicago saxophonist Chris Greene
(Published: February 01, 2014)
Evanston-based saxophonist Chris Greene’s upcoming 2-CD set, Music Appreciation, set for a March 2014 release date, marks the latest chapter in Greene and band’s musical journey. It’s important to note that, in the first place, this is a BAND, and always has been. With the exception of relative newcomer Steve Corley on drums, Greene has led a stable unit since 2005, and although the realities of the professional jazz musician’s life dictates that now and then the band will have a substitute player for a particular gig, the band has stuck together, with palpable results. Corley came on in 2011, but had been a regular sub before that, and he and acoustic bassist Marc Piane have the kind of rhythm section telepathy that’s essential to any kind of music, but especially jazz. Pianist Damian Espinosa provides the interface between Greene’s brawny, intelligent lines and the rhythm section’s groove, playing both evocative Fender Rhodes textures and acoustic piano rooted in the straight-ahead jazz and Brasilian traditions.
Greene’s Evanston heritage is relevant in that the suburb of Chicago has featured prominently in local, and national, jazz history; Junior Mance, Fred Anderson, Bob Cranshaw, Hamid Drake and Billy Brimfield, among other greats, have called Evanston home. It’s a culturally diverse community, and it is also important to note that Evanston’s a college town (Northwestern University); Greene’s formative years were steeped in every style of music, from soul and r&b and hip-hop and funk to jam-band, rock, country, folk, reggae, the blues, Latin and, of course, jazz. Greene has not played jazz to the exclusion of other kinds of music; he has played in rock and country and funk bands, and this myriad of influences shows in both his playing, and in the band’s musical personality. Over the course of their astonishing 10-album discography (5 official CGQ releases, with an additional 2 recordings as “New Perspective” and 3 CGQ discs given away as loyal fan rewards) there are nods to Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Madonna, Miles Davis, Prince, the AACM, and much more. On the new recording Greene synthesizes the influences of Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Fred Anderson, Illinois Jacquet, Gene Ammons, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Lester Young, Wayne Shorter, Maceo Parker and Pharaoh Sanders into a sound completely his own, a sound that’s both powerful and questing.
Greene, Espinosa and Piane all contributed compositions to the project; the band also interprets songs by John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Chicago keyboardist/bandleader William Kurk, Brazilian composer Ed Motta and 70’s Japanese pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra. Greene’s encompassing vision and the band’s organic cohesiveness unify this seemingly disparate collection of tunes into an entrancing journey for the listener. The sparkling sound, recorded by Bob Ruccia at Chicago’s Uptown Recording, and the production, by Greene and veteran producer Joe Tortorici, enhance the music rather than overpowering it.
After years of paying dues on the Chicago jazz scene, Chris Greene and his band are poised to usher in a new classic era. Music Appreciation, the new Chris Greene Quartet CD, available March 4, 2014.
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