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Chris Greco Quartet: Trane Of Thought

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This record isn't an out-and-out tribute to saxophonist John Coltrane. The title--and title track--may suggest that it's all about that legendary figure, and the album-ending “Soul Eyes" serves as a secondary nod of affirmation, but saxophonist/multi-reedist Chris Greco doesn't just plant his flag on Coltrane's domain and call it a day. Sure, he delivers probing and edgy swing, hints of mysticism, and rapid runs that recall Coltrane's work, but he doesn't pattern his every move after the man.

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A Casual Stroll Down The Free Jazz / Avant Garde Avenue

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Since most of the readers of this column who write to me seem to be rather at home with the Swing and Be Bop or Hard Bop and Cool Jazz eras, I have been meaning to write a piece on Free Jazz and its slightly sterner-miened cousin Avant-Garde. There can be hardly a doubt that reactions will ensue rather like dormant seeds sprouting to sudden life with the first rains' This piece was inspired by Chris Greco, a ...

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Chris Greco Trio: Pleiadian Call

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A recurring topic in some jazz mainstream press these days involves the proliferation of independent labels and their potential to dull the music's quality with mediocrity. Somewhere in the argument lurks trust in infallible A&R departments with unlimited resources. Sony's not done signing people yet, but until they get around to Chris Greco, be happy he runs his own label. Pleiadian Call finds the multi-reed musician in good company with Chris Colangelo on bass and Kendall Kay on drums and ...

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Chris Greco: Pleiadian Call

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Pleiadian Call successfully showcases the amazing versatility and the intellectual depth of multi-instrumentalist Chris Greco and his trio. He alternates masterfully between soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, flute and clarinet with true aplomb on this recording of mind-stimulating, original modern jazz. The first number, befittingly titled “The Open Door," is an interesting, improvisationally strong piece that begins with a sedate introduction, but soon enough lets its hair down, allowing an unbridled avalanche of improvisation to break through. ...

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Chris Greco Trio: Pleiadian Call

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Multiple reedman Chris Greco has put together a near suite on Pleiadian Call : loose, fluid, sometimes haunting compositions that seems to fit together like the pieces of an aural jigsaw puzzle, with a sound similar to fellow reedman Marty Ehrlich's. The trio format allows for a lot of space, and bassist Chris Colangelo and drummer Kendall Kay know when to lay out, and when to lean in. Greco's switching between the reeds--soprano, alto ...