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Jonathan Greenstein: Vol 3

Read "Vol 3" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Some of the freshest jazz to be found sometimes orbits outside typical trajectories. That is the case here with Greenstein, whose Vol 3 EP wasn't released on a major label but compares quite favorably to higher profile albums from more recognized sources. Greenstein, on saxophone and keyboards, is a relatively new voice, setting a course well worth following over approximately sixteen minutes of solid composition and musicianship. He doesn't need to pound listeners over the head with his ...

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Jonathan Greenstein: Vol 2

Read "Vol 2" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The title is plain as can be, the vaguely ECM-ish cover is pretty in its simplicity, and the playing follows suit—not plain as in bland or boring, but in an honestly straightforward manner with a minimum of fuss. Jonathan Greenstein ascribes an “anti-hero nature" to his voice on saxophone, which simply means that he doesn't need to be big, colorful and out in front. This is a player who takes after the John Coltrane of “Naima" rather than the Coltrane ...