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Human Motion

by Human Motion

Human Motion is a Chicago-based jazz quintet that blends traditional jazz language and modern musical idioms, displaying them with raw energy through the original compositions of its members.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Things As They Are
7:40 $0.99
2. Places
4:21 $0.99
3. 2+1-1
4:51 $0.99
4. A.G. (South)
7:49 $0.99
5. In All Ways
2:21 $0.99
6. Quiet Sky
4:59 $0.99
7. Flown
5:09 $0.99
8. Spoken (Live)
7:19 $0.99
9. Peace of Mind
5:06 $0.99
10. November
4:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The Human Motion jazz quintet creates the most uniquely exciting, swinging, profound music I've heard in many, many years."
Dominic Spera-
Professor Emeritus/Indiana University

"Listening to Human Motion is a lot like visiting an art gallery – the CD gives us an array of 'sonic landscapes'...making up these ‘musical paintings’ are contemporary explorations, never leaving straight-ahead jazz far behind."
Larry Taylor
CD Review (

"...upon first listening it grabbed me. The musicianship on the CD is first class...musical styles (always jazz of course) move effortlessly from quirky ‘free’ improvisation through straight ahead swing to peaceful laid back sounds. Highly recommended."
Mark Robinson
CD of the Week (June 2006)
KFM 106.9 FM Auckland, New Zealand

"This is the advent of the Post Modern, loose and on message for hours, this band of men will captivate all the ghosts in your bop soul."
Dick Crockett
KXJZ Sacramento, CA

Human Motion, formed in the spring of 2005, is a Chicago-based jazz quintet dedicated to playing improvised music, focusing particularly on the original compositions of its members. Led by bassist/composer Jeff Greene, the quintet features trumpeter Matt Holman, saxophonist Doug Stone, pianist Jordan Baskin, and percussionist Jon Deitemyer. With widely varying influences from Charles Mingus and John Coltrane to Bjork and the Roots, each individual brings his life experiences and love of music to every performance to create a cohesive and inspired unit. Human Motion draws from tradition while looking toward the future. Their debut album, "Human Motion", was released in September of 2005. It features ten original compositions and is available now on CD Baby!, iTunes, and in select Chicago-land Tower Records. They are currently on tour in the midwest in support of "Human Motion" at such legendary jazz clubs as The Blue Wisp, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, The Jazz Factory, The Firefly, and The Artists’ Quarter, as well as Millennium Music Conference 10 and the Midpoint Music Festival. For more information on Human Motion including upcoming shows and events, please visit



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Ben Syversen

This album deserves to be heard!
This is a very good album. Bassist and leader Jeff Greene has assembled a very strong band and a set of exciting and risk-taking compositions to boot. The front line of trumpeter Matt Holman and alto saxophonist Taku Akiyama interact well in several instances of simultaneous improvisation, and the rhythm section is a cohesive and exciting unit. As a fellow trumpet player, I continue to be impressed by Holman’s innate lyricism and expressivity. This is improvised music that reflects the current cultural and musical landscape, shifting seamlessly from influences of modern straight ahead jazz, sonic landscapes created with unconventional instrumental sounds, and grooves that would not be out of place on a Bjork or Radiohead album. Greene’s writing is fresh and inspiring from the outset, uniquely giving a bass line-like ostinato to the trumpet for the opening of “Things as They Are.” Other highlights of the album include “A.G. (South)” and “Flown.” This album is fresh and exciting and deserves to be heard! Thank you Jeff and company; I will be listening to this album for some time to come.

Hannah Willman, music educator

An impressive album with something to say...
The music from “Human Motion” has a story to tell. Greene’s compositions are fresh and challenging, yet maintain their accessibility without insulting the listener. The writing reveals a young artist unafraid of shifting gears mid-tune, and the rare ability to have it make sense – as is evident in the first track. Akiyama (alto) and Holman (trumpet) keep the listener intrigued with their musical banter, and had me audibly encouraging their conversations throughout “Flown.” I continue to be impressed by Holman’s intelligent use of space. The rhythm section is solid, and it is in their playing that I hear the group’s contrasting influences meld into something strikingly organic.

A truly insightful album, gentlemen. Congratulations to all.