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Jimmy Greene pours his heart out in Sandy Hook tribute


Jimmy Greene, "Flowers: Beautiful Life Vol. 2" (Mack Avenue)

On Dec. 14, 2012, writes saxophonist Jimmy Greene in the notes to this awaited tribute "my beloved 6-year old daughter Ana was murdered, along with twenty of her classmates and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Netown, Ct." The reaction of the jazz tenor saxophonist was to pour his love and talent and grief into a disc called "Beautiful Life." It was an exceptional thing -- in many ways because Greene refused to use the occasion to get lost in a disc full of musical mourning. He was celebrating a beloved little girl's life by finding the life of the music that absorbed him. He wasn't frozen in mourning. All he had to do was put out the word for the cream of his fellow jazz musicians to come and help.

So "on the night of Dec. 14, 2014, pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist John Pattitucci and drummer Jeff Tain Watts" performed music for "Beautiful Life" in concert and "poured our hearts out." But one of his daughter's friends in attendance "leaned over to my wife and whispered 'Titi Nelba, this music is nice but it's so SLOW and sad. Ana was a really lively girl -- she would have liked something she could dance to.' "

So here's Greene somehow getting his two touring bands on disc to "envision her asking us to dance with her -- she is inviting us into her joyful, playful, 6-year old world for a while."

A significant pleasure occasioned by unthinkable tragedy. To be released in late April.

3 stars (out of four)


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