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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 2: Electric Boogaloo

Read "Soul and Science 2: Electric Boogaloo" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

Jazz--a genre that has come to mean something different depending on who is asked and the period that is being discussed. Soul and Science 2: Electric Boogaloo, finds the Chris Greene Quartet conceptualizing jazz in a way that is bigger than the mainstream limits imposed upon it. On this follow-up to Soul & Science - Volume One (Self Published, 2007), bandleader and saxophonist Chris Greene is back with his quartet and they are ready to pick up where they left ...


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