Carney, James Group / Green-Wood
Album: Green-Wood   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Carney, James Group   Added:Oct 2007
Label:Songlines Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-01-06 Pull Date: 2008-03-10 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Mar 9 Feb 24 Feb 3 Jan 27 Jan 13
Airplays: 1 1 2 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 07, 2008: Memory Select
Smog Cutter
4. Feb 01, 2008: When Zombies come out
It's Always Cold When You're Leaving
2. Feb 22, 2008: No Cover, No Minimum
The Poetry Wall
5. Jan 25, 2008: Memory Select
Smog Cutter
3. Feb 01, 2008: No Cover, No Minimum
Smog Cutter
6. Jan 25, 2008: No Cover, No Minimum
Half The Battle

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-01-01
Accessible mainstream sound with some creative soloing, with some players known for accessible but creative work.

Carney plays piano but adds synths, an effect that doesn't always work (judge for yourself on the first minutes of track 1, the most experimental of the bunch). Good stuff overall, though -- the first track gets quite avant-garde but most of this sticks closer to the mainstream, with occasional gospel tones in the piano, the way Keith Jarrett did in the '70s.

Tracks 7 and 8 really stand out; 2 is funky fun and 5 is quite ear-catching, too.

Peter Epstein -- soprano sax
Ralph Alessi -- trumpet
Tony Malaby -- tenor sax
Josh Roseman -- trombone
James Carney -- piano, electric piano, synth
Chris Lightcap -- bass
Mark Ferber -- drums

1- Slow synth tones, an unconvincing "menacing" air that could also be a dated '80s feel, depending on how you listen. Eventually gives way to a fairly bright mid/fast space with dramatic chords
2- Gloopy funk, easy beat, gets into a nice driving flow
3- Floaty and drifting, after an upbeat shuffle. Unaccompanied piano solo gets pensive, also playful. Nice soloing space later. (Longest track on here, at 12:46)
4- Slow synth-led intro, an avant-garde New Orleans funeral march with buzzing sax.
5- Mid/fast, perky w/easygoing horn harmonies. Particularly nice piano solo.
6- Mellow feel, into a playfully creeping group solo
7- Fast, perky, a bit strange.
8- Knotty horn lines, soft and rich melody, gets some gospel overtones

Track Listing
1. Power   5. Williwaw
2. Smog Cutter   6. In Lieu Of Crossroads
3. It's Always Cold When You're Leaving   7. The Poetry Wall
4. Shame   8. Half The Battle