Articles

Daily articles carefully curated by the All About Jazz staff. Read our popular and future articles.

ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Greco Quartet: Trane Of Thought

Read "Trane Of Thought" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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.

PROFILE

A Casual Stroll Down The Free Jazz / Avant Garde Avenue

Read "A  Casual Stroll Down The Free Jazz / Avant Garde Avenue" reviewed by AAJ Staff

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Greco Trio: Pleiadian Call

Read "Pleiadian Call" reviewed by Rex  Butters

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Greco: Pleiadian Call

Read "Pleiadian Call" reviewed by AAJ Staff

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. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Greco Trio: Pleiadian Call

Read "Pleiadian Call" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...


ENGAGE

Enter our contest giveaways

Contest Giveaways

Win a chance at the VMP Anthology: The Story of Herbie Hancock (8 albums / 11 LPs)! One click entry.

Contest Guidelines

Reader's Poll: Which cities worldwide are tops in presenting jazz? Let us know.

Top Jazz Cities Poll

Which cities worldwide are tops in presenting jazz? Let us know—select up to ten.

More Polls

Publisher's Desk

More blast from our past: Jazz Backstage. Read on.

MORE POSTS

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.