The Overcomer's Suite (Digital Music Card)
Bold.... Daring.... Inventive... All of these words describe Jimmy Greene's new digital music, The Overcomer's Suite on Nu Jazz Records. The inaugural release on the new label formed by in 2008, shows the full depth of Jimmy Greene's prowess--as both performer and composer--while performing on both tenor and soprano saxophones.
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. 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."
Jimmy Greene: Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Xavier Davis: Piano
Luques Curtis: Bass
Kendrick Scott: Drums
Executive Producer: Jerald Miller for Nu Jazz Entertainment
Music Produced By: Jerald Miller for Nu Jazz Records
Video Produced By: Jerald Miller for Nu Jazz Video
Mixed & Mastered By: Patrick Smith & Jerald Miller
Recording Engineer: Nick Lloyd
Audio Recording Consultant: Jeremy Pildis
First Asst. Director/Technical Director: Pablo Secca
Video Editing Assistance: Juan Crouch, Lamont Pinckney
Cover Photo: Pablo Secca
Album Artwork Assistant: Pablo Secca
Recorded Live at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT - May 2006
Jimmy Greene plays Borgani Saxophones, Saxscape Mouthpieces and Roberto's Winds Reeds exclusively.
The Overcomer’s Suite was commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Works: Creation and Presentation program for jazz composition. Generous funding was supplied by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Jimmy Greene wishes to give thanks to the following: My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Nelba, Isaiah, and Ana for your undying love, support, and inspiration; Xavier, Luques, and Kendrick for your brilliant musicianship and friendship; Mami, Angel, Mom, Ray, Dad, Nayre, Amanda, Dorian, Marilyn and all of the Greene, Simmons, Jones, Amaro, Marquez, and Figureoa families; Eric Harland, Reuben Rogers, Greg Hutchinson, Stefon Harris, Dezron Douglas, Ben Bilello, David Bryant, Kris Allen, Robert Rooks, Jerald Miller, Pablo Secca, Nick Lloyd and Firehouse 12; John, Rob, Cory and CEP; Lorraine Gordon, Orfeo Borgani and Borgani Saxophones, Roberto Romeo, Ken Barry and Saxscape Mouthpieces, Chamber Music America, Myron Walden, Todd Coolman, Peter Woodard, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, the Artists' Collective, Gene Bozzi, Dave Santoro, Ken Radnofsky, Bishop, Lady Willie and everyone at Glory Chapel. This recording is dedicated to the memory of my grandparents Stan and Jane Jones, and my mentor Jackie McLean.
The Producer wishes to thank: Charlotte Miller; Jerald Miller, Sr.; John H. Miller; Valarie Miller; Denise Harris; Michael Miller; Derwin Miller; Anthony Miller; Frances Miller; Janice Miller-Smith & the Smith Family; Betty Finley; Charles Finley, Sr.; Charles Finley, Jr.; Elliot Finley & Family; Artemo, Bertha, & Ramon Garza; Richard Miller; Carol Miller; Tim & Janet Austin; Clarence J. Brooks; Ellis & Delores Marsalis; Wynton Marsalis; Branford Marsalis; Delfeayo Marsalis; Milt, Mona, Charlotte, and Inez Hinton; Mercer, Lena & Paul Ellington; Lauryn Hill; Malaney Hill, Jr.; Malaney Hill, Sr; Valerie Hill; George Avakian; Patrick Smith; Juan Crouch; Pablo Secca; Jeremy Pildis; David & Holly Berger; Sherwin Jordan & The Jordan Family; David Levy; Victor Wise & The Wise Family; Taiheem Wentt; Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III & The Abyssinian Family; The Firehouse 12 staff; Mike Brown, Aaron Clevenger, Ed Shangold & the entire CYBER-NY staff, Chris Blackwell, Brian Bacchus, Billy Banks, and Bruce Lundvall.