148

Chris Greene's New Perspective: On The Verge

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Chris Greene's New Perspective: On The Verge In the words of the one and only "GodFather of Soul" himself James Brown, Chris Greene's New Perspective truly "Makes it funky!" on his new cd On The Verge. It becomes quite apparent when listening to the recording how Greene received his jazz and funk roots. Born in Evanston, Illinois; it was his exposure to the sounds of his parents' record collection from the 50's Hard Bop influences with greats such as Charlie Parker, to funk, soul, and blues of the 70's with the aforementioned J.B. and and his killer horn-man Maceo Parker. Channel these roots with Greene's own talent, drive, and credentials, and it's easy to see and even better to hear a new and rising jazz groove-meister.

The compositions were written, arranged, and produced by Greene and demonstrates that he and his multi-talented group New Perspective can go toe to toe with any of today's contemporary smooth jazz musicians. In fact, the term "smooth jazz" which has been overused and abused, reflects little in the way New Perspective approaches their music. Those with the prestigious medal of truly knowing "Old School" Funk, will vibe on the opening selection "Mister Congeniality" which is very reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's Moog synthesizer work on his classic recording Head Hunter. Greene's saxophone comes across distinctively strong and clear and is never excessive or watered down. His horn arrangements are hip and contain nice rhythms like the solid cut "More of Vitality". The other members of New Perspective are right on cue with nice bass work from Kohki Ohno, and tight drum and percussion beats by Ron Lambert. Keybordist Charles B. Bayne adds some highly skilled musicianship with a variety of sounds from the piano, smooth Fender Rhodes, to down and dirty B3 organ. There's some serious party music going on here and even a nice slow jam entitled "Another Lonely Saturday Night" to mellow things out a bit. All in all, if you want to get your music "Groove Vibe" on, On The Verge will surely fit the bill.

Check out his website for information and some nice sound samples at: Chris Greene Jazz


Track Listing: 1. Mr. Congeniality 2. Core of Vitality 3. Adamantium 4. (Yet Another) Lonely Saturday Night 5. Dragonfly 6. Baby Fitch 7. Friday Rain 8. Bootsy

Personnel: Chris Green - Alto sax, keyboards, rainstick; Charles D.Bayne - piano, keyboards, synths; Kohki Ohno - electric bass; Ron Lambert - drums, additional synths, percussion

Title: On The Verge | Year Released: 2002


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Birdhoused CD/LP/Track Review Birdhoused
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Meeting My Shadow CD/LP/Track Review Meeting My Shadow
by James Nadal
Published: July 22, 2017
Read No Secrets No Lies CD/LP/Track Review No Secrets No Lies
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 22, 2017
Read 50 CD/LP/Track Review 50
by Doug Collette
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Day After Day CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Pocono Git-Down" CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Richard J Salvucci
Published: March 14, 2017
Read "Mist. Moss. Home." CD/LP/Track Review Mist. Moss. Home.
by Jim Olin
Published: April 10, 2017
Read "Highsmith" CD/LP/Track Review Highsmith
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 7, 2017
Read "Another Place, Another Time" CD/LP/Track Review Another Place, Another Time
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: June 18, 2017
Read "Duet" CD/LP/Track Review Duet
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 30, 2016
Read "Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow" CD/LP/Track Review Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 16, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!