On their first collaboration for Latham Records the duo's album Groder & Greene hit the shelves on October 1, 2009 after nearly two years prior to the original recording date. Good things come with time and jazz listeners will be rewarded with their patience by receiving a classic rendering of the free form style of jazz popularized in the 1950's by such icons as John Coltrane, Sun Ra and others.
The inspirational improvisations of pianist Burton Greene, alto saxophonist Rob Brown, bassist Alan Lane and drummer Ray Sage help Brian Groder to take the music to another level.
Equally fluent on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Groder is a venerated composer, trumpeter, and ensemble leader that has been cited as one of the most original jazz voices of his generation. Groder's penchant for working with other composers gives his brand of modern progressive jazz distinctive richness and depth when the collaborations reach their fruition during a performance. Fortunately this particular group of songs was captured during the heat of spontaneity created by the artists in the studio.
Stimulating fresh jazz with an eye to the future but a strong awareness of the past." - Jazz Journal
The experience of Greene as a leader in the free jazz movement of the 60's is immeasurable and his influence resides in the color and overall flow of each composition. Groder and Greene complement each other beautifully on the release and allow the rest of the musicians to contribute in equal measures making Groder & Greene a true partnership of musicians allowing the voice of jazz improvisation to be heard loud and clear throughout the recording.
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