How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
When R&B lovers hear the name Al Green, they immediately think of the Memphis soul singer who gave us 70s hits like "I'm Still in Love with You," "Take Me to the River," "Love and Happiness," "Full of Fire," and "Let's Stay Together" -- that is, before he became a gospel-singing Protestant minister and gave up his career in secular music. But the Al Green who is profiled in this bio is a different Al Green; he's a veteran jazz drummer who has been around the Chicago music scene since the 50s. Green, who was born in Houston, TX on March 20, 1936 but raised on the Windy City's Near North Side, started out as a blues drummer; one of the bluesmen he accompanied on-stage was Willie Dixon. But Green ended up shifting his focus to instrumental jazz, and the drummers who influenced his hard bop playing included Art Blakey, Max Roach, Art Taylor, and Philly Joe Jones. Although Green never became well-known nationally, he remained active on the Chicago jazz scene in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. In the late 90s -- when the hard bopper had a regular gig at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Chicago -- he ran into someone he had known since the 50s: alto saxophonist Othello Anderson. Along the way, Anderson had grown disillusioned with the music business and become an art teacher; in the late 90s, the alto man was paying his bills by teaching art at the University of Illinois at Chicago, but he still played his alto on the side. So Green invited Anderson to sit in with him on his Marriott gigs, and Anderson ended up playing with Green on a regular basis. In the early 2000s, they co-led a working group that was billed as the Al Green/Othello Anderson Quintet; the group's three other members were Dr. Odies Williams III (trumpet), Leandro Lopez Varady (piano), and John Whitfield (bass). Neither Green nor Anderson had ever recorded an album under his own name, but in March 2002, they finally co-led a hard bop-oriented studio session. That session resulted in their CD Mr. Lucky, which came out on Bob Koester's Chicago-based Delmark label in August 2002. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
Al Green How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
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