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Chris Greene/New Perspective: On the Verge

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Chris Greene/New Perspective: On the Verge
New Perspective is a hot, young group that's deeply immersed in the funk. Altoist Chris Greene and friends conjure up phat grooves that guarantee good times and shaking of booty.

The opener, "Mister Congeniality", sets the pace for the whole disc with a relentless drum groove sliced up by Charles D. Bayne's bluesy keyboards and Kohki Ohno's spacious bass line. The spirit of Grover Washington, Jr. shines through on this excellent, danceable track. Bayne's soulful electric piano carries the day on the odd 5/4 drive of "Core of Vitality" and the attractive "(Yet Another) Lonely Saturday Night". For his part, leader Greene doesn't take many adventurous steps but shows a good familiarity with the traditions of soul-funk saxophone. He does head way out on the free section of "Dragonfly", to fine effect.

The disc closes with a warm-toned hidden track featuring the vibrant wordless vocals of Ginger Lambert, supported by soaring, acid guitar and thumping bass. Lord knows why this track went uncredited, but it's an ideal way to close out a well-executed album. New Perspective holds great promise for the future.

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Track Listing

Mister Congeniality; Core of Vitality; Adamantium; (Yet Another) Lonely Saturday Night; Dragonfly; Baby Fitch; Friday Rain; Bootsy.

Personnel

Chris Greene, alto sax, keyboards, rainstick; Charles D. Bayne, piano, keyboards, synths; Kohki Ohno, electric bass; Ron Lambert, drums, percussion, synths.

Album information

Title: On the Verge | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Independent Records

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