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Chris Greene

Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene was born in Evanston, IL. He spent his formative years in the award-winning Evanston High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles. As a teenager he began to play professionally with many local pop/rock and jazz bands. Greene eventually went to Bloomington, IN to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jazz Studies program and studied with renowned professor and cellist David Baker. Greene returned to Chicago in 1994 and has since collaborated with some of the nation’s most creative and versatile musicians. As a performer, Greene can be seen with many different groups - in many different genres

PlaySCAPE

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Blues for Dr. Fear; Thunder Snow; Clean and Clear; Three & Six; The Crossover Appeal (Uno Mas); Speak No Evil.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Music Appreciation

Label: Single Malt Recordings
Released: 2014
Track listing: Disc 1: Intro; The Missing Part; Papuera; Institutional Samba; Nostalgia in Times Square; Clean & Clear; The Moose Is Loose!
Disc 2: Divers; Solution; Molar Melancholia; Day of Honor; Equinox; Deluge; Firecracker; Outro.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

A Group Effort

Label: Single Malt Recordings
Released: 2012
Track listing: Introduction by William Kurk; Bride of Mr. Congeniality; Shore Up; Future Emperor of Evanston; Stat; Three & Six; Blue Bossa.


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