VP Records Releases Saxophonist Tony Greene's "Midnight Blue"


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Saxophonist Tony Greene's new album Midnight Blue is completed and the world will be treated to Greene's continuing musical journey. The album includes the additional artistry of the great guitarist Ernie Ranglin, the vocal work of Boris Gardiner and the impact of the 'Riddims Twin' Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare Greene's musical journey started at the Alpha Boys' School and continued in 1990 when he made the decision to make a solo run on his trusty horn. The result was his first album, Grooving Sax, followed by Mean Greene in 1995. With these two albums, Greene stayed close to home with instrumental, reggae-type songs.

In 2000, Greene went to his roots for a more rounded sound on his third album, Square from Cuba. This one has a strong Latin feel as can be heard on Greene's covers of classics like “Papa Love Mambo" and “La Bostella". But, Greene is quick to point out, “It still has a Reggae flavour, it can be marketed anywhere".

Soon after completing his successful CD, Square from Cuba, Tony Greene turned his efforts to recording his fourth 13-track Christmas Reggae album, “Blessed", which was released in October, 2001.

His fifth album, Evolution, was released in March 2005. Of the 14 tracks, four are Tony Greene's compositions. In his liner notes, Bunny Goodison writes, “...'Evolution' features the exquisite and lyrical saxophone stylings of Mr. Tony Greene..."

Greene's eclectic taste should come as no surprise. He learned the musical ropes at the Alpha Boys' School, an institution that blessed Jamaican music with fellow horns men like Tommy McCook, Lester Sterling, Don Drummond, Joe Harriot, Wynton Gaynair, Dizzy Reese and Johnny Moore

Greene developed his horn technique during a six-year stint in the Jamaica Military Band while in the military.

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