© 2008 Chris Greene Quartet
"The set's got a lot more depth than you might expect, and is definitely the sort that should have bigger jazz labels seeking out Greene's talents." -dustygroove.com
The funk-infused, eagerly-awaited new acoustic release from saxophone
visionary Chris Greene.
Chris Greene – saxophones
Damian Espinosa – piano, keyboards
Marc Piane – acoustic bass
Tyrone Blair – drums, percussion
These guys may be onto something. “These guys” are saxophonist Chris Greene, pianist Damian Espinosa, bassist Marc Piane, and drummer Steve Corley. They form a band of Chicago brothers with a conjoined purpose: to reach beyond the too-easily dismissed rubric of “jazz” in hopes of engaging a new audience, but without losing the trail that got them here. - NEIL TESSER - Examiner.com
The new CD, “Merge”, follows in the footsteps of the CGQ’s “Soul and Science: Volume One” and “Soul and Science 2: Electric Boogaloo”. The track list for Merge includes a healthy serving of Greene’s original compositions, as well as a tune by pianist Espinosa, jazz standards by Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Green, and one tune each by Madonna and The Black-Eyed Peas.
"Greene has managed, through the process of recording and arranging, to turn the
music itself into science...[Chris] has shown that pop, rock and R&B tunes
can all exist on a jazz record because, stripped to their very core, they are
all music. What a great discovery."
-All About Jazz.com