Steve Greenlee

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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...

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11/29/11    Albums

At the Crossroads
James Carter Organ Trio

Steve Greenlee reviews saxophonist James Carter's latest release

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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...

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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...

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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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10/12/11    Albums

The Hour of the Star
Ivo Perelman Quartet

Ivo Perelman’s new album, The Hour of the Star , is a musical response to Clarice Lispector’s expository novella of the same name. The final and best-known of the Brazilian writer’s works, The Hour of the Star is a bleak, self-conscious allegory about a...

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10/06/11    Albums

MTO Plays Sly
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra

Steven Bernstein's MTO gives Sly & the Family Stone the jazz treatment

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09/09/11    Albums

Trio New York
Ellery Eskelin

The lineup—Ellery Eskelin on tenor sax, Gary Versace on Hammond B3, Gerald Cleaver on drums—may lead you to think this is a groove-jazz organ trio. Not so. This band has more in common with an acoustic bebop trio than anything Jimmy Smith or Jack McDuff...

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09/02/11    Albums

Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast
David Rothenberg and Lewis Porter

A tour through Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast makes the listener wonder whether David Rothenberg (clarinet, bass clarinet and electronics) and Lewis Porter (piano and keyboard) challenged themselves to play in as many different styles as they could over...

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08/23/11    Albums

Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz
Daniel Smith

Give Daniel Smith points for persistence. He doesn’t give up easily. His mission to convince us that the bassoon is a bona fide instrument of jazz has gone on for four albums now. There was The Swingin’ Bassoon , Bebop Bassoon , Blue Bassoon and now, inevitably...

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08/22/11    Albums

Double Demon
Starlicker

What mischief can be made with just cornet, vibraphone and drums. Rob Mazurek has scaled back considerably since Stars Have Shapes , the 2010 record from his Exploding Star Orchestra. His new project, the curiously named Starlicker, is a mere trio, with...

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08/11/11    Albums

Operation Long Leash
The Dead Kenny Gs

Never before has a jazz combo’s name so perfectly conveyed its ethos. The Dead Kenny Gs manages to both reference an iconoclastic hardcore punk band and express disdain for pandering-to-the-masses smooth jazz while keeping a sense of humor about it all...

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08/10/11    Albums

The Mancy of Sound
Steve Coleman and Five Elements

The Mancy of Sound is the second recording from the new edition of alto saxophonist Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, an octet that features trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, trombonist Tim Albright, vocalist Jen Shyu, bassist Thomas Morgan, drummers Tyshawn Sorey...

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08/06/11    Albums

Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players
Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell isn’t out to impress anyone with intricate compositions, serpentine solos or transcendent group synergy on his recent album Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players . He’s just there to have a good time, he’s there to party—that much can be...

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07/27/11    Albums

The Grand Illusion
Eric Person

Saxophonist Eric Person takes a detour from his usual stylistic terrain for his eighth album. Person, known for working in a more conventional postbop style, blends funk, rock and R&B into a vibrant modern stew over the course of these nine robust tunes...

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07/24/11    Albums

Avenging Angel
Craig Taborn

He’s served with distinction as a sideman for the likes of James Carter, Chris Potter and David Torn. He’s been in demand for his skills on grand piano, Fender Rhodes, even organ. In 2004 he issued an album under his own name that stands as a defining document...

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About Steve Greenlee

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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.