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Tim Green: Songs From This Season (2013)

By Published: February 14, 2013
Tim Green: Songs From This Season Saxophonists Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
b.1968
sax, tenor
, Chris Potter
Chris Potter
Chris Potter
b.1971
reeds
, Jimmy Greene
Jimmy Greene
Jimmy Greene

saxophone
, John Ellis
John Ellis
John Ellis
b.1974
saxophone
and Marcus Strickland
Marcus Strickland
Marcus Strickland

saxophone
all have at least one thing in common: they were all second or third place finishers in the Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
International Jazz Saxophone Competition
who went on to become leading lights in the world of jazz. Alto saxophonist Tim Green
Tim Green
Tim Green

piano
may very well join this unofficial fraternity sometime in the near future.

Green, who was the first runner-up to saxophone mad man Jon Irabagon
Jon Irabagon
Jon Irabagon

saxophone
in the 2008 edition of the competition, makes his jazz debut with Songs Of The Season, but he certainly doesn't sound like a first-timer; he possesses the confidence of a seasoned veteran. Green has a million dollar tone quality that's devoid of any gruff, grime or edge, but that doesn't mean he can't or doesn't push the envelope in his own way. He can lull the ears into submission ("Psalm 1"), wail with fury at the emotional apex of a song ("Philippians 4:13") and deliver intensity that rivals and reflects the efforts of a driving rhythm section (saxophonist Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
's "Pinocchio"). One minute he may be dipping his toe into contemporary waters ("ChiTown"), but shortly thereafter, he might be diving head-first into headier spaces ("Time For Liberation").

Over a dozen musicians appear, in various combinations, throughout the program, which makes for a who-knows-what's-next listening experience. A few players simply stop by for a single number, like Quamon Fowler
Quamon Fowler
Quamon Fowler
b.1980
sax, tenor
, who adds his EWI to the mix on the odd-metered "Peace," but others hang around for a while and make their presence felt. Chief among this list is guitarist Gilad Hekselman
Gilad Hekselman
Gilad Hekselman
b.1983
guitar
, who acts as a man-of-many-faces. He taps into his inner-Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
b.1970
guitar
and upstages Green on "Siloam," but sheds that mask on "Philippians 4:13," where Green comes out on top. His steady and powerful chordal pattern on "Time For Liberation" helps to give the song some bite and additionally serves as a vamp for drummer Obed Calvaire's wonderfully aggressive solo. Other musicians on the "key players" list include Calvaire and drummer Rodney Green
Rodney Green
Rodney Green

drums
, vibraphonist Warren Wolf
Warren Wolf
Warren Wolf
b.1979
vibraphone
, who steals the show on "The Queen Of Sheba," and bassist Kris Funn, who doesn't have the same level of name recognition as the aforementioned players yet, but certainly works at their level.

Songs From This Season marks the true arrival of a saxophonist whose cup runneth over with ideas; Bein' Green, contrary to Kermit's famous lament, ain't such a bad thing after all.


Track Listing: Psalm 1; Siloam; Dedication; ChiTown; Philippians; Pinocchio; Time For Liberation; Shift; Lost Souls; Peace; The Queen Of Sheba; Don't Explain; Hope.

Personnel: Tim Green: alto saxophone; Allyn Johnson: piano (1, 5, 8, 13), organ (5, 13); Fender Rhodes (10); Kris Funn: bass (1, 3, 4, 6, 10-12); Romain Collin: synthesizer (1, 9), piano (2, 7, 9); Gilad Hekselman: guitar (2, 5, 7, 8, 13); Obed Calvaire: drums (2, 5, 7-9, 13); Josh Ginsburg: bass (2, 5, 7, 9, 13); Warren Wolf: vibraphone (3, 4, 11, 12); Orrin Evans: piano (3, 11, 12); Rodney Green: drums (3, 4, 6, 11, 12); Micah Smith: vocals (4, 8); Loren Dawson: organ (8); Kenny Shelton: synthesizer (8); Iyana Wakefield: vocals (8); Troy Stuart: cello (9); Quamon Fowler: EWI (10); Quincy Phillips: drums (10).

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream



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