Merge (2009)

by Chris Greene Quartet

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...it fuses modern elements with the nuances of tradition and delivers a powerful jam that has a home in old jazz houses as well as street parties. This versatility is the true magic of Merge. - JazzTimes

...a largely impressive album, from a saxophonist highly deserving of your attention. - Neil Tesser

Merge is sonically intriguing. It sounds as if the session was recorded live in a studio with a cooler, closer midrange than Rudy Van Gelder's famous Engelwood Cliffs digs. All of Greene's tenor harshness and drummer Tyrone Blair's snare and cymbal shimmer are captured as if in a bright light, which translates into a retro-engineered sound with the “brightness” turned up. The results only add to the listenability of this fine disc. - C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com

The Chris Greene Quartet's third CD, Merge, is this group's best yet...the confidence and cohesion just gets better every time out. - Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net

Seeing the leaps and bounds that Mr. Greene has made through the years, not only can I recommend Merge as a great disc that should be heard, but I can also say without hesitation that I am looking forward to his next disc as well to see the leaps he’ll make in getting there. - Chicago Jazz Magazine

...Greene performs throughout, with such a confidence and contagious joy that it's easy to see why any musician worth his weight in salt would want to perform with him. There's nothing better than listening to music performed by musicians who aren't afraid to take a chance, but who also treat the music with respect. Such is the way of the Chris Greene Quartet. Merge is a solid record from a solid group of musicians. - Bridget Arnwine, AllAboutJazz.com

credits

released October 15, 2009

Chris Greene - saxophones
Damian Espinosa - piano, keyboards
Marc Piane - acoustic bass
Tyrone Blair - drums, percussion

Produced by Chris Greene for Cee Gee Music
Co-produced by Marc Piane
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Todd Carter
Recorded August 2-4, 2009 and mixed August 17 & 24, 2009 @ Experimental Sound Studios (Chicago, IL)
Design & layout: Ethan Sellers
Liner notes: Steve Hashimoto
CG pic: Michelle Geoga/Unfocused Photography
Cover pic: Matt Johnson

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Chris Greene Quartet Evanston, Illinois

The CGQ has been a highly visible part of Chicago’s jazz scene since 2005, and has maintained a stable lineup from the beginning, with the exception of Steve Corley, drummer since 2011. Damian Espinosa on piano and keyboards and Marc Piane on basses have been onboard since the beginning. CGQ incorporates funk, hip-hop, rock, pop, the blues and reggae, reflecting their diverse backgrounds. ... more

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