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Narada Burton Greene
 
Born in Chicago on June 14, 1937, this pianist/composer has produced over 35 recordings in jazz, electronic, and folk music. He has collaborated with a host of other musicians, including Albert Ayler, Clarence Becton, Han Bennink, Sean Bergin, Anthony Braxton, Willem Breuker, Roy Campbell, Tobias Delius, Martin van Duynhoven, Lou Grassi, Akki Hak, Tom Jones, Theo Loevendie, Keshavan Maslak, Michael Moore, Wilber Morris, Sunny Murray, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, Paul Stocker, Tjitze Vogel, Raoul van der Weide and Frank Wright.

Greene studied classical music with the Fine Arts Building's Isadore Buchalter and jazz theory and harmony with Dick Marx, and continued learning in the "School of the Streets" from local luminaries like Billy Green and Ira Sullivan. He moved to New York in 1962, and the next year formed arguably the first spontaneous composition group -- The Free Form Improvisation Ensemble -- with bassist Alan Silva.

He joined Bill Dixon 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 before moving to Europe in 1969, to Paris and later to Amsterdam.

During the 1980s, he started working with Eastern music. His most recent project here has been with Perry Robinson in the klezmer-jazz group Klezmokum, which delves into Greene's eastern European Jewish roots, blending Jewish/Semitic music with improvised music and jazz. The group, which has appeared at a number of European festivals, including Mitte Europa ('98), Amiens Jazz Festival ('99), the International Jewish Music Festival ('98) and Op de Vuupijl ('98), also released their third CD -- ReJew-venation. An earlier recording was entitled Jew-azzic Park.

During 1999, Green released Throptics (CIMP, 1999) with Lous Grassi and Wilber Morris. Other recent releases include the solo piano CD, Shades of Greene (Cadence, '98), and Free Form Improvisation Ensemble, a 1964 session finally released in 1999 on Cadence.

He lists the following as among his favorite records:

 1. Burton Greene Quartet			1966  	ESP 1025 2. Burton Greene Trio on Tour			1967	ESP 1074 3. Presenting Burton Greene			1968	Columbia 9784 4. Aquariana					1969	BYG 529.308 5. Mountains					1971	Button-Nose 01 6. Trees					1973	Button-Nose 02 7. New Age Jazz Chorale: "Light"		1976	Button-Nose 03 8. Variations on a Coffee Machine		1977	Kharma PK 6 9. It's All One 				1978	Horo HDP 27-28 10. European Heritage				1978	Circle RK 16 11. The Past Is Also In the Future		1978	All Life  AL 003 12.  The Ongoing Strings			1980	Hat Hut 15 13.  East West Trio / Brugge Concert   		1980	Button-Nose 04 14.  B. Greene Quartet / Lady Bug Dance		1980	Cat LP  42 15.  East West Trio / Vienna Concert		1982	Button-Nose 05 16.  Zephyr (solo piano, harpsichord)		1983	Button-Nose 06 17.  B. Greene Quartet / One World Music       	1984	Cat LP 49 18.  B. Greene Quartet / Valencia Chocolate    	1986	Cat LP 57 19.  Klezmokum 				 	1992	BV Haast 9202 20.  Klezmokum / Jew-azzic Park			1995	BV Haast 9506 21.  Lou Grassi / PoGressions 		 	1996	Cadence CJR 1062 22.  Patty Waters Sings			 	1965	ESP 1025 

For more information, visit their website: http://www.burtongreene.com

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