There are a lot of folks
that continues to criticize the music industry, radio and even artists
themselves for the lack of contemporaryjazz/funk recordings that is
“somewhat difficult” to find these days. A new day has emerged as
I introduce you too this dynamic new saxophonist named Chris “Ce Ge”
Greene from Evanston, IL. Greene’s second offering titled “Jazz”
borrows from the elements of his many influences that contains liberal
doses of funk-n-jazz grooves that’s anchored by his exceptionally
talented band mates New Perspective.
Damian Espinosa ~ keyboards, Vic Jackson ~ electric bass, Andrew
“Blaze” Thomas ~ drums and Chris “Ce Ge” Green ~ saxophones.
Produced by Chris Greene, Co-Produced by Nick Eipers and Matt Denny
for Cee Gee Music2004.
As the journey begins to
unfold New Perspective collectively wraps themselves into essence of
the groove with the charismatic” Good Riddance”. Chris and the
boyz dwell within the nucleus of jazz, funk and groove by breathing an
aura of freshness into their music with each grueling solo therefore
resurrecting contemporary jazz, as we know it.
What I find exciting about
New Perspective is their live sound with each composition that’s
entrenched in this recording called “Jazz”; I don’t know about
you this is imperative when it comes to listening too jazz. There’s
nothing-cheesy or overtly commercial going on here, they’re very
much at the heart of contemporaryjazz/funk. “Adamantium” is on
point with adventurous solos that are radiant and the interplay is
At the 3rd spot
is a track called “Consider The Source”, Chris Greene with his
cold steel in hand draws your attention to the beginning of this
intimate setting as his voice threads the nettle with expressive,
soulful and inspiring notes of excellence. Keyboardist Damian Espinosa
masterfully works the Rhodes piano by enunciating each note with
absolute perfection. Bassist Vic Jackson leaps in with his funky slap
technique demonstrating why he’s one of the most in demand musicians
in the Windy City when it comes to performing with internationally
The prowess of Greene as
the leader of New Perspective continues to thrive with spontaneity on
the track titled “Fat Stuff” which by the way strengthens the body
of the compositional structure throughout this project.
As noble statesmen New Perspective takes charge by being
actively involved in assuring that each composition soars with
creativity and constancy.
Now living in Chicago the
prominence of Greene as a saxophonist is the tour-de- force behind his
compositions that said, as a vehicle his bands presence here is vital
and continues shine humbly with proficiency on “Core of Vitality”.
On this piece you can definitely feel the groove of this tailor-made
funk and jazz layered by the hooks of familiarity, colors and phrases.
At the 5:40 mark you began to recognize why drummer Andrew “Blaze”
Thomas got his nickname, he’s without a doubt on fire, after all
he’s under the influence of such notables like Dennis Chambers,
Billy Cobham, Louie Bellson, Gene Lake and John Blackwell.
The artistry of Damian
Espinosa continues to glisten with the eloquence and proficiency of
such influential pianist as Hancock, Corea, and Tyner. They’re
voices seemly intercedes but never overtakes the wealth of talent and
imagination that Espinosa possesses as player on the opening of the
final selection titled “Take Care of Yourself”. Greene’s lyrical
phrasing pours out a more then sufficient dose of energetic and
compelling notes of passion. Espinosa returns once again as his
probing fingers effortlessly caresses the keys as if he’s taking a
stroll in the park soon engaging in dialogue with bassist Vic Jackson.
Vic skillfully solos in the lower register calling upon drummer Thomas
to enhance this expressive masterpiece. One of the most compelling
attributes about Chris and the gang is that they’re young in age
nevertheless, their maturity, gifts and talent speaks extensively in
the language of jazz.
Yes, if you dig
contemporaryjazz/funk then” Jazz” by Chris “Ce Ge” Greene and
New Perspective aggressively picks up where some old school players
left off with a voice that’s filled with passion and conviction for
playing their music. As a result they’re refueling contemporaryjazz
with much-needed boost energy by producing exuberant non-manufactured
music that’s giving contemporaryjazz/funk a glimmer of optimism for
now and in the future. Independent and forward thinking artists are
evolving in the new millennium by straying away from the cube that
oppresses creativity, thanks too musicians like Chris “Ce Ge”
Green and New Perspective for staying true to the music.