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Chris Greene: PlaySCAPE

Read "PlaySCAPE" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Saxophonist Chris Greene's twelfth recording is a solid hard bop affair, an appointed EP, that begins intensely and never gives up. The angular, “Blues for Dr. Fear" kicks things off, funky and sharp-edged. Greene plays as much Michael Brecker as Hank Mobley squeezing every bit of grease from this extralean music. “Thunder Snow" is mid-1960s Joe Henderson swing, Greene jousting with drummer Steve Corley. Things descend (or ascend, if you will) to the realm of John Coltrane's classic quartet. And ...

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Chris Greene Quartet: Music Appreciation

Read "Music Appreciation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Chris Greene has a unique approach to jazz that, although well within the mainstream, is elegantly innovative. He colors his creative ideas and motifs with bluesy hues, endows them with an urbane sense of swing and enriches them with solid, improvisational rigor. His complex pieces flow with a deceptive simplicity yet make for a rewarding and stimulating listening experience. His two disc Music Appreciation demonstrates all these attributes and more as Greene leads his working quartet through ...

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Chris Greene Quartet: A Group Effort

Read "A Group Effort" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In October, 2011, Chicago saxophonist Chris Greene's quartet stepped up to the stage--The Mayne Stage, to be exact, the entertainment and dining venue located in Chicago's Rogers Park--to perform a live set of sizzling post-bop ultimately captured for its first in-concert CD, A Group Effort. With an introduction from pianist/musical director William Kurk, the show kicks off with the high-energy original “Bride of Mr. Congeniality," moved along by the dash of funk which Greene also employs elsewhere in the set. ...

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Chris Greene Quartet: Merge

Read "Merge" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Chicago-native Chris Greene keeps stylistic company with Wayne Escoffery, AJ Kluth, and Ricky Sweum, in that he plays a saxophone with sharp edges when necessary and smooth ones when called upon. His previous recordings, On The Verge (as Chris Greene's New Perspective, Self Produced, 2002) and Soul and Science, Volume 1 (as the Chris Green Quartet, Single Malt Recordings, 2007) show Greene as a post-bop maverick intent on shaking things up for the mainstream. He continues his efforts in this ...

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Chris Greene Quartet: Merge

Read "Merge" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

The Chris Greene Quartet is willing to try anything once. No matter the genre of music, put it in this group's capable hands and bear witness to music taking on a whole new style and feel. On the group's third recording, Merge, saxophonist Chris Greene leads his quartet of four years all over the musical spectrum. Tackling songs by the likes of Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Green, Madonna and The Black Eyed Peas, as well as original material from Greene and ...

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Chris Greene Quartet: Soul and Science, Volume One

Read "Soul and Science, Volume One" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

Known for its rich cultural heritage, the city of Chicago is also the home of great scientific and technological advances. Hormone treatment for prostate and breast cancer was developed by University of Chicago faculty, Dr. Charles Huggins, digital media was first conceptualized by a Chicago born technologist and the first nuclear chain reaction occurred underground in Chicago in 1942. To the unassuming mind, soul and science would seem to go together about as well as oil and water, but for ...

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Chris Greene's New Perspective: On The Verge

Read "On The Verge" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

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 ...


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