Tim Green, Songs From This Season, True Melody Music label
Whether your source is the Bible or the Byrds, the notion is the same: "To everything there is a season." On his debut as a leader, Songs From This Season, alto saxophonist and composer Tim Green recounts the many seasons of his own life on a stylistically diverse set featuring a host of established and rising jazz stars.
Released via Green's own True Melody Music label, Songs From This Season surveys a broad swath of the jazz landscape, from deftly swinging hard bop to fluid modernity to soulful gospel. The impressive list of sidemen on the session includes pianist Orrin Evans, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, drummers Rodney Green and Obed Calvaire, and several of Green's collaborators in the thriving Baltimore/Washington D.C. jazz scene.
Stream or buy tracks from "Songs From This Season" HERE.
The disc marks not only the emergence of a strong new voice on the saxophone, already established by Green's second-place showing in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, but of a confident and versatile composer. Each piece on the album, Green says, reflects a certain period in his life and the emotion attached to it.
Green has recently come under the wing of one of his idols, saxophonist Kenny Garrett. While on the phone with mentor Mulgrew Miller one day, Green was shocked when the pianist handed the phone over to Garrett out of the blue. "I was really blown away because he's a big hero of mine," Green recalls. "Since then he's been really supportive and just lets me know he's on my side. He wants me to go all the way, and that's really encouraging to me."
More recently, Green has also gotten bandstand endorsements with several heavy hitters who have called upon him as a sideman. The list includes Miller, but also bassist Christian McBride, pianist Eric Reed, and the Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker group.
Upcoming Tim Green Appearances:
All dates to feature the Tim Green Group unless otherwise noted.
Personnel for each date varies.
February 20 / 92YTribeca / New York, NY
February 22, 2013 / The Blue Note / New York, NY
March 1 & 2, 2013 / Bohemian Caverns / Washington, D.C.
* March 24, 2013 / University of Minnesota - Duluth / Duluth, MN
* April 7, 2013 / Abyssinian Baptist Church / New York, NY
* April 20, 2013 / North Carolina Central University / Durham, NC
** May 10 & 11, 2013 / An die Musik / Baltimore, MD
* With the Carl Allen Quartet
** Featuring Mulgrew Miller
Tim Green's Songs From This Season was released via True Melody Music on February 12, 2013. For more information on Tim Green, visit timgreenmusic.com.