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Chicago Saxophonist Chris Greene Continues To Explore New Musical Territories On "Boundary Issues," Set For April 14 Release

Chicago Saxophonist Chris Greene Continues To Explore New Musical Territories On "Boundary Issues," Set For April 14 Release

Saxophonist Chris Greene, a fixture on the Chicago scene dedicated to transcending the stylistic and structural borders of jazz, continues to discover new musical territory on his new CD Boundary Issues. Set for April 14 release on Single Malt Recordings, the album is Greene’s eighth with the long-standing quartet he formed in 2005 featuring pianist Damian ...

Shawn Maxwell: Shawn Maxwell's Alliance

Read "Shawn Maxwell's Alliance" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Fronted by an already well-established jny:Chicago area saxophonist, the Shawn Maxwell Alliance expands the concept of what a mixed ensemble can accomplish in the jazz realm. This debut album features a sprawling list of modern jazz composers and leaders including another jny:Chicago saxophonist, Chris Greene, vocalist Keri Johnsrud, vibraphonist Stephen Lynerd, and bassist Stacy McMichael. The ...

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 ...

Shawn Maxwell: Shawn Maxwell's Alliance

Read "Shawn Maxwell's Alliance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Woodwind player and composer Shawn Maxwell's Shawn Maxwell's Alliance on the Chicago Sessions label is a carefully orchestrated suite with a subtle yet distinct dramatic sense. Although the description in the liner notes makes mention of a group of friends experimenting with new styles and sounds the disc is not a blowing date nor it is ...

The Harris Group: Choices

Read "Choices" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Issues of health are a fact we will all deal with at some point in life, though the nature of a particular affliction may, for some, affect their lives, derail dreams and change their journey. For Chicago-based guitarist Ric Harris, a battle with a seizure disorder that began in his youth led to brain surgery thirty ...

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Chris Greene Quartet to Release New Live CD "A Group Effort."

The Chris Greene Quartet to Release New Live CD "A Group Effort."

Whenever the Chris Greene Quartet takes the stage, jazz and rock listeners notice something immediately: they're sitting next to each other, and that doesn't happen all that often on today's scene. As jazz strives to find new audiences, the CGQ is already admired for its ability to “cross over" and reach music-lovers raised on pop—but without ...

NEWS: EVENT

Benefit for Japan in April at Jazz Showcase Chicago

A “BENEFIT FOR JAPAN" is being planned to be held at the Jazz Showcase this April... Here are the details from Chicago Jazz Bassist, Steven Hashimoto as they are shaping up so far: "The events in Japan are almost too much for my mind to handle; nevertheless, I'm involved with organizing a benefit for victims of the triple disasters in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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. ...