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by Chris Greene Quartet

The award-winning, critically-acclaimed jazz outfit - led by saxophonist Chris Greene, returns with a new live album recorded in his hometown of Evanston, IL at the reknowned venue, SPACE.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blues for Dr. Fear (Live)
7:35 $0.99
2. Thunder Snow (Live)
9:53 $0.99
3. Clean and Clear (Live)
12:19 $0.99
4. Three and Six (Live)
13:19 $0.99
5. The Crossover Appeal / Uno Mas (Live)
10:51 $0.99
6. Speak No Evil (Live)
6:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Chris Greene Quartet
SM 012

Chris Greene - tenor & soprano saxophones
Damian Espinosa - piano & keyboards
Marc Piane - double bass, electric bass
Steve Corley - drums & percussion
Special guest: Marqueal Jordan - alto saxophone (track #5)

Recorded live on January 28, 2018 at SPACE, Evanston, IL. Live engineering and digital recording by Matt Rico. Mixed by Joe Tortorici at The Cave.

Blues for Dr. Fear (Chris Greene/Basement Jazz ASCAP)
Thunder Snow (Damian Espinosa/Damian Espinosa BMI)
Clean & Clear (Marc Piane/Outside In Music ASCAP)
Three and Six (Damian Espinosa/Damian Espinosa BMI)
The Crossover Appeal - Uno Mas (Chris Greene/Basement Jazz ASCAP)
Speak No Evil (Wayne Shorter/Miyako Music BMI)

Produced by Joe Tortorici for Jazz Masters and Chris Greene for Cee Gee Music.
Mastered by Rob Ruccia at Uptown Recording
Photography by Ozzie Ramsay
Cover illustration by Cary Cochrane
Graphic design and layout: Michael Kostal

Love ’n’ thanks to: Sarah & Alex; the Espinosas; the Piane; the Corleys; Joe T.; Rob R. Marqueal; SPACE; Mom, Jenny, Roger & Fiona; Demps; Matt; Kevin; the Langers; the Sceguras; Julio; Coop & Jen; Ted Perez; the Midnight Sun crew; Chip Ratliff; MxMurphy; Hash; Paul Maslin; Cara Dawn; Mike Kostal; Doug T; Vandoren/DANSR; our fans; YOU

Chris Greene is a Vandoren Performing Artist. He exclusively uses their mouthpieces, reeds and accessories.


I remember the sessions for Chris Greene's “Boundary Issues” CD. There was a moment of personal distillation for the project when Chris was joined by Marqueal Jordan for the titanic duet “The Crossover Appeal.” Rather than my normal perch at the shoulder of engineer Rob Ruccia, I felt a call to be in the studio. I needed a “face-full” of the band's energy. Within the first few measures, a jolt shivered me from the nape of my neck to the soles of my feet. I turned to look at Rob through the control room glass, hoping he caught the electricity as well...we sported a simultaneous smile. This was the Chris Greene Quartet at its finest, live and alive!

All of the accolades and awards bestowed on this band over the last seven years are galvanized in their live performance. Every time they take the stage, it's an event. The music crackles with energy and eagerness as it strolls from table to table, speaking directly to each listener with the language of joy. On January 28, 2018 there was such a night at SPACE, in Evanston. Here it is, just for you...including the aforementioned “Crossover Appeal.”

The Chris Greene Quartet is Steve Corley, drums; Marc Piane, bass; Damian Espinosa, keyboards; and Chris Greene on reeds. Allow me to elaborate.

Steve Corley is one of the finest drummers I have ever heard in fifty years of recording. Here is someone that can play from a whisper to a riot with the same unmistakable identity, musicality, tone, attention to detail, and rock-solid time. On Marc Piane's gem “Clean & Clear” (performed live in this recording), I could swear there are two drummers.

Speaking of my friend Marc, the word “brilliant” seems a lesser thought. His part in the ensemble is flawless, lending superb interpretations to the catalog of original music. Marc's own compositions weave complex subtlety through indelible melodies, always deep in concept.

I have to stop for a moment every time I mix one of Damian's tunes,. “Did he really do that?” Precocious, daring, unexpected turns that flow as threads into a stream of consciousness, carrying the listener to new places. “Thunder Snow” and “3 & 6” are flights of imagination manifested into the real world. “What a brain” I often speak to no one but myself...and now to you.

Chris consistently challenges convention, finds a new path, dares the tide. Without posture, he embodies a sense of confident exploration. “Blues for Dr. Fear” stands as a hallmark style, quirky and captivating, played with a secret grin. I have heard him embrace disparate genres and execute a mash-up of unbelievable coherence and entertainment. The band's interpretation of Wayne Shorter's “Speak No Evil” is a perfect instance of homage and CGQ personalization.

Affection for these men often clouds my be it. Let's return to the phrase “live and alive.” Our classic jazz environment pays great attention to standards, rightly so. The Chris Greene Quartet is not simply a re-imagining of the Great American Songbook. This is an elemental re-shaping of the progressive movement in jazz. The Chris Greene Quartet presents music with its toes on the edge of a great experiment. Here are compositions that will endure the test of emerging musical generation, a new American Songbook.

- Joe Tortorici, producer & engineer, January 2019



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B.A. Rosenblum

Where are today's innovators? Right here!
The Chris Greene Quartet is very much like Peter Gabriel in that...

(I know; I know—but just hear me out...)

Each act puts out very well thought out, well made studio records with great songs to which you want to listen repeatedly. Then, they play that material live for a period of time, during which they polish the performances, and really begin to unlock the emotional content. You go to see a live performance, and you come away thinking, "Man, now I wish the record sounded more like THAT!"

In the case of PlaySPACE, such a performance was captured, with pristine production. Now of course, it's better to be there experiencing it live, but sometimes, that's not possible. But this record is the next best thing. I highly recommend you purchase it immediately.