Chris Green and New Perspective: On the Verge
Chris Green and his group New Perspective play high energy, electric, modern, original music centered on the even eighth note—that's right, jazz-fusion!
The current world of jazz tries to ignore the jazz-fusion phenomenon, the fusion of jazz and rock beats. Yet it was this instrumental style that saved the jazz recording industry in the '70's and is one of the cornerstones of the musical instrument manufactures of keyboards, synths, amps, sequencers and the like! Above all, it is some of the most popular jazz of commercial media—it's used in commercials to sell us everything and, despite the purists, it makes many people happy around the world.
Chris Green plays the alto sax, keyboards, wrote and arranged eight original tunes for this session. Charles Bayne joins him here on keyboards, Kohki Ohno on electric bass and drummer/percussionist Ron Lambert, all are solid great musicians. Their music is successful and easily hangs well with their models, the Headhunters, Jeff Lorber and George Duke et al. Green's compositions range from the energetic to romantic, with far too much good music and jazz here for the 'smooth' sounds.
Overall, the tunes are interesting, the grooves are deep and the solos are wonderful—the music bears repeated listening. You'll be dancing at home!—MV