About The Overcomer's Suite"
Bold.... Daring.... Inventive... All of these words describe Jimmy Greene's brand new album, The Overcomer's Suite (NJE #1001, #1003), on Nu Jazz Records. The inaugural release, on the new label, formed by Nu Jazz Entertainment in 2008, shows the full depth of Jimmy Greene's prowess--as both performer and composer--while performing on both tenor and soprano saxophones. Accompanied by a star studded cast of performers--Xavier Davis on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums--this recording is poised to become one of the most important musical statements yet from Jimmy Greene.
Recorded live at Firehouse 12, in Jimmy Greene's hometown of Hartford, CT--this project catches the quartet, in both audio and video formats, at their best. Jimmy Greene is one of the greatest saxophonists to emerge on the scene in the last 15 years", says label president, Jerald Miller. We are delighted to showcase his talent in our inaugural release." Now a distinguished leader in the next generation of jazz heroes, the 33 year old Hartford, CT native's creativity and drive have not diminished one bit since he burst onto the scene at the 1996 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Saxophone Competition. From his rousing tribute to Ornette Coleman in Anthem of Hope--to the angular melodic lines, and intricate harmonies of his four-part epic saga, The Overcomer's Suite--to the poignant piano/sax duet dedicated to the memory of Jackie Mclean, I'll Keep Loving You, Greene shows he's not afraid to take chances.
The Overcomer's is a suite of compositions in four movements", says Jimmy Greene. Each movement depicts a person who, in God's care, overcame a daunting task, trial, or situation. The first movement is written for my wife, and is called Nelba's Victory. The second movement is Song for Isaiah, written for my firstborn son. The third movement, Gethsemane--inspired by New Testament scripture--depicts Jesus' prayer in the garden by that name. The last movement, David Undaunted, depicts young David's epic battle with Goliath. Everything is tied together by groove. Each movement has a core rhythmic foundation that provides a basis for group interaction." Greene's sidemen (Xavier Davis, piano; Luques Curtis, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums) provide a kaleidoscope of activity that demonstrates a shifting, but stable, countenance to the twisting, melodic themes, with metric changes and tempo shifts. The Overcomer's Suite will be released exclusively for digital download, in both audio and video formats--from both the label's website, and via over 450 digital music outlets, in over 50 countries. Additionally, the album will be available on digital music cards through the label's website--and through many retailers, including Amazon. Two versions of the digital music cards will be available for each release. One version contains the Digital Music Album", and allows the purchaser to download the audio files with specially developed bonus features, such as audio interviews or photos, and retails for $9.99. The second version (The Overcomer's Suite - [Digital Music & Video Album - NJE #1003]) allows the purchaser to download the entire audio album, plus a full-length concert video with bonus features, but will be released at a later date. Both cards also contain digital discount coupons from the Nu Jazz Store--to be used for purchases of merchandise from the company's website. Nu Jazz Records is proud to herald the launch of its Nu Jazz" label with Jimmy Greene: The Overcomer's Suite (NJE#1001 - Retail - $9.99 [Digital Download Album]).
Upcoming Projects On Nu Jazz Entertainment
Other upcoming releases include projects from a fiery new Baritone saxophonist, Jason Marshall (Jason Marshall: Introducing... Jason Marshall [NJE #1011, #1013]); a tome from longtime Wynton Marsalis sideman, Wes Warmdaddy" Anderson (Wessell Anderson: Warm It Up Warmdaddy! [NJE #1021, #1023]); a, yet to be named, project from Tenor saxophonist, Walter Blanding, Jr.--a current member of Wynton Marsalis' Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many more.
Music Card Pre-Order Date: May 6, 2008
Music Card Street Date: June 3, 2008
Digital Street Date: June 3, 2008