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Mission Statement

Jimmy Greene

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Album Review

Jimmy Greene has stood out from the vast majority of emerging tenor saxophonists of his generation because he has sought to develop his own sound along with composing compelling music. This session with pianist Xavier Davis, guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland (like the leader, rising players of his generation who are much in-demand), features nine of his potent compositions. His big tone dominates "Mission Statement," the stimulating post-bop opener. The lush "In Nelba's Love" is a warm, spacious ballad built off a repeated riff. The wild "Mr. Octopus" likely got its title from reaching in several musical directions at once, though the musicians devour Greene's demanding work whole, especially during Davis' expressive solo, while the saxophonist wraps it with a surprising twist. Vibraphonist Stefon Harris is added for the exuberant "Revelation," showcasing Greene's expressive chops on soprano sax, while Greene also plays soprano on a turbocharged setting of sacred music composer Harry Smith's "Give Thanks."

Customer Reviews

AWESOME

Buy the album and support one of the finest sax players around.. his lineup is is also absolutely amazing.

Wonderful

A lovely CD, and a particularly beautiful song for his daughter Ana Grace.

sad:(

So sorry for his lost at the shooting in Ct yesterday(12-14-12)!!! My prayers go out to him & his family!!! God bless

Biography

Born: 1975 in Bloomfield, CT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene was born in Bloomfield, CT, in 1975. His father, James Greene, Sr., who was an amateur saxophonist and songwriter, got his son making music at an early age, buying him his first alto saxophone at age six. Two years later he began taking lessons and by junior high, the younger Greene had become obsessed with jazz music. When he was 15, his teacher brought him to the nearby larger town of Hartford to meet Jackie McLean, the legendary saxophonist, who at the time was both...
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