461

Jimmy Greene: True Life Stories

C. Andrew Hovan By

Sign in to view read count
Jimmy Greene: True Life Stories Jimmy Greene came into many advantageous and heady situations early on in his career, and he has really begun to find himself as an artist within the past few years. Now in his early thirties, Greene had made a total of three previous albums as a leader, and while they demonstrated his promise, they also hinted at something more was under the surface which had yet to be fully documented on disc. All this is to say that True Life Stories just might be the album we've been waiting for from Greene, because it most clearly demonstrates his muse.

Greene's writing is especially strong on True Life Stories; the melody on the opening "Re-Affirmation is punctuated by shifting accents and hits. He negotiates the challenging structure with ease, then he quiets down for the start of his solo, building the tension while telling a story. His tone is consistent throughout the range of the horn, reaching for upper-register cries on occasion for textural variety. It's all there in the first eight minutes, setting the tone for the remainder of this wonderful set.

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt steps up for "Song For Isaiah, which also finds Greene on soprano sax, an instrument that he plays with a great deal of fluency and creativity. Like his other compositions, this one also gains its charm through the use of a structure that breathes in a natural way both melodically and rhythmically, thus stepping away from the usual 32-bar head-with-solos format. Pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland also help make these performances a success; they are especially sensitive to a less overt and more suggestive form of timekeeping.

Jimmy Greene truly comes into his own on True Life Stories, arguably his best effort yet as a leader. While his spiritual inspiration—as revealed in the liner notes and through the inclusion of the numbers "How Great Thou Art and "A Closer Walk —might have something to do with this recent growth spurt, his inherent musicality has held him in good steed previously, and now it looks like bigger and better things are on the way.

Track Listing: Re-Affirmation; Song For Isaiah; My Ideal; Evidence/True Life Stories; How Great Thou Art; Unconditional; A Closer Walk; Take Advantage

Personnel: Jimmy Greene: tenor and soprano saxophone; Jeremy Pelt: trumpet; Xavier Davis: piano; Reuben Rogers: bass; Eric Harland: drums

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Criss Cross | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read In the Still of the Night CD/LP/Track Review In the Still of the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Zea CD/LP/Track Review Zea
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Asian Fields Variations CD/LP/Track Review Asian Fields Variations
by John Kelman
Published: May 21, 2017
Read Left Right Left CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "Rekihndled" CD/LP/Track Review Rekihndled
by Doug Collette
Published: April 8, 2017
Read "Astrometrics" CD/LP/Track Review Astrometrics
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 13, 2017
Read "Glitter" CD/LP/Track Review Glitter
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 12, 2017
Read "Dare to Be" CD/LP/Track Review Dare to Be
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: August 8, 2016
Read "Langen ro" CD/LP/Track Review Langen ro
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 8, 2017
Read "Out Of The Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Out Of The Blue
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.