The fierceness that you hear in the saxophonist’s work has to do with commitment. Greene’s mainstream swing is noticeably punchy because of the way he attacks a performance. Just played “Stanky Leg” and “Stink Thumb” from the newish Flowers – Beautiful Life, Vo.l 2 (Mack Ave), and it reminded me of something that I said awhile ago. On paper they look like a standard piano trio with a horn-wielding boss. But Team Greene has several tricks up its sleeve, and in their hands the mainstream gets nudged toward the deep end. You want interaction? Be at the Fort Stage on time. They start at 11:15.
Newport Jazz Festival 2017 Schedule / Aug 4 – 6