Steve Greenlee

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05/31/12    Albums

Live at the Hillside Club
Joel Forrester/Phillip Johnston

Pianist Joel Forrester and soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston have been playing together for 35 years, most famously as the leaders of the Microscopic Septet. The span of their partnership shows. This recent duo album, recorded in November 2010 at a gig...


05/30/12    Albums

Tord Gustavsen Quartet
The Well

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen expanded his customary trio by adding a vocalist and a saxophonist on his last album, and he’s kept saxophonist Tore Brunborg onboard for his fifth ECM record, The Well . The trademarks of what we can by now call the Gustavsen...


05/12/12    Albums

Landscape Scripture
Scott DuBois

Are we to believe that Monet’s series of Haystacks paintings inspired guitarist Scott DuBois’ new album? The titles of four of the eight songs on it—“Spring Haystacks,” “Summer Haystacks,” “Autumn Haystacks” and “Winter Haystacks”—reference those Impressionist...


04/28/12    Albums

En Casa De Luis
Luis Conte

You sure are in Luis’ house when you put this CD on. It is all about the percussion, and lots of it. Congas, bongos, bombo, timbales, maracas, shakers, guiro, cajón, quinto, pandeiros, shekere, cajita, qraqab, surdo, sabar, djembe, cymbals, claves, cowbell...


04/18/12    Albums

An Attitude for Gratitude
Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts

In 1999, Matt Wilson released an album called Smile . But every album the drummer puts out makes you smile. Wilson is by no means a clown—he’s a serious musician, composer and bandleader—but enjoyment is job number one with him. The fourth album by his quartet...


02/15/12    Albums

A New Margin
Side A

The prolific multireedist Ken Vandermark leads multiple bands at the same time, yet few of his outings have included a pianist. This is partly what makes his new trio project, Side A, so momentous: The piano adds a dimension to his music that is rarely heard...


02/03/12    Albums

Ghosts of the Sun
Bill McHenry

Tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry’s music is lovely without being precious, free without being unorganized, sophisticated without being pretentious, thoughtful without being calculating. His latest album, Ghosts of the Sun , appears to be a sequel to his outstanding...


01/30/12    Albums

Departure of Reason
Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone

Steve Greenlee reviews the collaboration between the guitarist and violinist


01/03/12    Albums

Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet

Any band that jams like this has earned an exclamation point in the title of its live album. Saxophonist and flutist Jeff Coffin—he who’s been known to stick two horns in his mouth at the same time—leads his Mu’tet through a batch of tunes that consume an...


01/02/12    Albums

Uri Caine Trio

Steve Greenlee reviews Uri Caine's new piano trio set


12/29/11    Albums

Candygram for MoWo!
Mocean Worker

Adam Dorn, a.k.a. Mocean Worker, made his name assembling jazz-funk collages out of old records, new beats and guest spots from well-known jazz musicians. His new album extends the brand with a fresh batch of catchy, upbeat dance tunes that get jazz cred...


12/11/11    Albums

Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut
Greg Ward

Whether it’s a desire for a stripped-down sound or a nod to the economy, all the hip young saxophonists have trios these days: JD Allen, Darius Jones, Marcus Strickland. Joshua Redman (not so young anymore) recently had one, and now young alto saxophonist...


11/29/11    Albums

At the Crossroads
James Carter Organ Trio

Steve Greenlee reviews saxophonist James Carter's latest release


11/19/11    Albums

Let Go
Jerry Granelli Trio

It is a tenet of good writing that you don’t use a five-dollar word where a 50-cent word will do. Drummer Jerry Granelli’s trio subscribes to a similar philosophy on Let Go . The album is nothing if not economical. (The five-letter title alone conveys that...


11/09/11    Albums

Open Source
Jeff Gauthier Goatette

“Open source” is a smart way to describe violinist Jeff Gauthier’s music. It draws from a variety of genres—jazz, modern classical, rock, ambient—and it is created by a cast of musicians who seemingly have equal say in what goes on. Open Source is the sixth...


10/26/11    Albums

Keep the Faith
Mike LeDonne

Mike LeDonne built his reputation first as a pianist and later as an organist, and it seems he’s decided to focus more on the Hammond B3 these days. That’s probably a good thing for him, as the field of jazz organists is much less crowded. Keep the Faith...

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About Steve Greenlee


Steve Greenlee is an editor and jazz writer with The Boston Globe. He grew up listening to Smiths, the Cure and Depeche Mode but eventually found religion in "Kind of Blue" and "Bitches Brew." He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children, annoying them with obscure recordings by Sun Ra and Last Exit. He plays keys in The Barn Goats groove-jazz quartet and also runs really fast.