Chris Greene: Amalgasantos
Chris Greene (saxes)
Soul and Science 2: Electric Boogaloo (Single Malt SM 003)
Chris Greene (saxes),
Damian Espinosa (piano), Marc Piane (bass), Tyrone Blair (drums).
Composed by E. Motta.
Recorded: Chicago, IL, date unknown (released 2008)
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Often times "indy" releases can be little more than artists trying desperately to get an audience beyond their family and friends who support their efforts with little discernment. Here we have a surprising exception where a groovin' Chicago-based quartet that seems to be comfortable with their brand of music – an amalgam of soul, blues and funky jazz – have made a credible attempt at expanding their core listener base. No spatial explorations here; more popularly grounded music well played, as this energetic and infectious group demonstrates what Chicago audiences must have already learned. The Chris Greene Quartet plays grooving music, reminiscent of the late Grover Washington Jr.'s "Philly" sound moved west to the Windy City. It makes you feel good, and they play it well. Reason enough to keep an open mind on so-called "indy" releases.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello
Tags: 2000s jazz