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Greene Trio, Burton: On Tour (ESP-Disk)

Chicago's pianist Burton Green with his free improvising trio in historic recordings made during his NY tour in 1966.

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product information:

UPC: 8013252407420

Label: ESP-Disk
Catalog ID: ESPCD 1074
Squidco Product Code: 7883

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Italy
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Originally released on LP as ESP 1074. Recorded at 'The New York State College Tour', NYC, April-May, 1966


Burton Greene-piano, piano harp

Steve Tintweiss-bass

Shelly Rusten-percussion

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"Burton Greene (born June 14, 1937) is a free jazz pianist born in Chicago, Illinois, though most known for his work in New York City. He has explored a variety of genres, including avant-garde jazz and the Klezmer medium.

Greene rose to popularity during the 1960s on New York's free jazz scene, gigging with well-known musicians which included Alan Silva and Marion Brown, among a host of others. With Alan Silva he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble in 1963. He joined Bill Dixon's and Cecil Taylor's Jazz Composers Guild in 1964, and also played with a number of other artists, including Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Gato Barbieri, Byard Lancaster, Sam Rivers, Patty Waters, and others. During this time, he recorded two albums under his own name for ESP-Disk.

He moved to Europe in 1969, first to Paris. Since then he has been living in Amsterdam and played with such Dutch musicians as Maarten Altena and Willem Breuker. During the late 1980s he began exploring the Klezmer tradition in his groups Klezmokum (along with Perry Robinson), Klez-thetics, and a more recent group called Klez-Edge with vocalist Marek Balata. Klez-Edge has a recent recording Ancestors, Mindreles, NaGila Monsters (2008) out on John Zorn's Tzadik label. A duet with Perry Robinson, also on the Tzadik label, Two Voices in the Desert was released in January 2009.

Since the mid-1990s Greene has often performed and recorded in New York and along the East Coast. Greene's recent performance and recorded groups based in New York include a duet with bassist Mark Dresser; a quartet with trumpeter Roy Campbell, Lou Grassi and Adam Lane; a trio with Ed and George Schuller on bass and drums (recorded on the CIMP label); and a quintet with the Schuller brothers, Russ Nolan on saxes and flute and Paul Smoker on trumpet. His autobiography written over 20 years, Memoirs of a Musical Pesty-Mystic, was published in 2001 (Cadence Jazz Books)."

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The Chicago-born pianist Burton Greene first made his way to NY in 1962, just as the New Music movement was beginning to gain momentum. The following year he and bassist Alan Silva formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble (considered to be the first spontaneous composition group). This historic live recording was originally released on ESP-Disk in 1967."

From the original liner notes: 'This music is from the first new music tour sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts... Appearing on the tour were Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra, Giuseppi Logan Quartet, Patty Waters, Ran Blake, and my trio consisting of Steve Tintweiss (bass), Shelly Rusten (percussion), and myself on piano and piano harp. The tour found people largely unexposed to this music. They were often shaken up. Some were deeply moved. Those who came for a total body and soul experience were rewarded with the vibrations. The people who constantly needed the theoretical approach or 'road maps' were not ... We had the audacity to tell people that not only was our approach to music valid but that often the results were as musically complex and often more so than, let's say Beethoven. The music here is from the best performances of the trio at Syracuse University, Buffalo, and Ithaca-Cornell.'-Burton Greene

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