A great one from saxophonist Chris Greene
– a player who just seems to get better and better with each new release – maturing to a point where his strong status on the Chicago scene should be overtaken by a wider national reputation! This set may well have Greene
finding a voice that he's been searching for on previous albums, but never focused in on this well – a mode that mixes his interest in other styles of music with his strength as a soloist, especially on tenor – so that he's able to really embrace a palette of jazz that makes him way stronger than just another well-skilled local musician. The quartet
is especially great as a whole – with a mixture of piano and keyboards from Damian Espinosa, electric and acoustic bass from Marc Piane, and drums and percussion from Steve Corley – musicians who use the slight electric elements in all the right ways, maybe almost towards territory of some of the more soulful recent releases on Blue Note – company that Greene
could certainly keep with ease. Titles include "Blues For Dr Fear", "Dienda", "Wildcat", "Day Dream", "The Crossover Appeal", "Summer Song", "Thunder Snow", and "Here To Help".
(Punch through barcode.)