Jimmy Greene: Mission Statement

Track

Mission Statement

Artist

Jimmy Greene (tenor sax)

CD

Mission Statement (Razdaz SSC 4608)

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Musicians:

Jimmy Greene (tenor sax), Lage Lund (guitar), Xavier Davis (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), Eric Harland (drums).

Composed by Jimmy Greene

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Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, October 13-14, 2008

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Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Greene’s great facility as a composer and arranger comes from finding endless harmonic possibilities out of the tried-and-true post-bop format, and that’s amply demonstrated on “Mission Statement.” He pairs off Davis and Rogers to state the theme as a restless current. Meanwhile, Greene himself and Lund set a fluid counter line. Even in the chorus, Greene sets up opposing statements between himself and Davis. Harland shuffles and stammers throughout, barely staying behind the front line. The leader shows just as much creative intensity in his solo, blowing with the fire of his old mentor, alto great Jackie McLean, but using the meaty tone of his tenor. Lund follows with a more introspective, soulful outpouring that temporarily winds down the tune, and Harland helps to bring it to an end with a blistering eruption.

As a song that offers much of what is talented about Jimmy Greene, “Mission Statement” is just that.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

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