Eddie Green

Legendary and highly-respected Philadelphia pianist / keyboardist Eddie Green was a sideman on dozens of projects, and finally released two CDs as a leader, the long out-of-print debut “This One's For You” and his posthumously-released coda Shades of Green.

After informal tutoring with Bud and Richie Powell and studying harmony, theory, composition and arranging at Combs College of Music, Eddie Green performed with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton, Donald Byrd, Hank Crawford, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gary Bartz, George Coleman, Junior Cook and many others. He was on records that went “gold:” Billy Paul's “Me and Mrs. Jones” and Lou Rawls' “When You've Heard Lou, You've Heard It All.” His distinctive touch graced albums by guitar virtuoso Pat Martino, Sonny Criss and Jean Carn; in addition to his musicianship, his talents as as a composer were spotlighted on recordings by his own groundbreaking '70s fusion group Catalyst, the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, Rochelle Ferrelle and Suzanne Cloud.

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”Green's quartet swings in the fast-paced post-Bop tradition. The veteran keyboardist trades the spotlight with vibraphonist/percussionist Sutin in establishing the beachhead from which they launch their assault. Most of the selections were composed by Green, who is aptly supported by drummer Miller and bassists either Brown or Johnson...

On four tunes, the quartet is supplemented with the Tyrone Brown String Ensemble. The violas, violin, and cello plus Brown's bass add a sense of lushness to the music without sacrificing any of the rhythmic adventurousness or delightful improvisations inherent in the quartet's work

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