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Hilliard Greene - CD Release Performance

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This article has been sponsored by Skidmore College University Without Walls.

Jazz and Cabaret Reviews

By Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower

Hilliard Greene
CD Release Performance
Alone
(See CD Review)
At
Middle Collegiate Church
Second Avenue, between 6th and 7th Streets
NYC, NY

October 21, 2003

Hilliard (Hill) Greene is unique, as there are so few solo bass artists currently performing. In fact, one year ago, Hill Greene beautifully performed solo bass at a private event at Mamalinda Argentinean Restaurant on West 52nd Street, NYC. Tonight's set list included many of the same pieces, and some new and melodic ones, all presented in the sumptuous Middle Collegiate Church, with blue/green/gold wall coverings, honey oak, and stained glass windows. The pieces performed were: Home Health Aid, Bass Folk Song, IONO, Yoyogi, Samantha and Sluggo, Ode to A.B., and Lonely Woman/Kum Ba Ya.

As usual, Hill Greene created a resonating musicality, with full focus and emotional pathos, as he moved between these pieces in smooth transitions, with occasional, confidential comments to his loyal fans. The audience was still and enraptured, as Hill Greene is a musician to watch, as well as one to listen to. He moves his entire body with the largeness of the richly brown bass, and his audience is drawn in.

Hill Greene's songs have a decidedly American motif, and there are single, strong notes, followed by dissonant trills and mournful evocations. Hill generously uses his bow, and the classical connections to his creative themes add a traditional nuance. The bow creates dissonant, often wailing chords. In Samantha and Sluggo, there are mirror-like images of sounds, about these two dogs frolicking in percussive rhythms, along with tapping strings. Hill's chords can imitate the depth of an organ, and Middle Collegiate Church enhanced such an image. Lonely Woman/Kum Ba Ya has a repetitive theme up and down the octaves with mesmerizing tonalities. It ends with the sad folk song, Kum Ba Ya. Hill Greene has a bright future as Solo Bassist, Composer, Accompanist, and Music Director. See Hilliard Greene's Website to order his CD, Alone.

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Photos by Roberta Zlokower


Hilliard Greene on Bass at Middle Collegiate Church



Hilliard Greene on Bass at Middle Collegiate Church



Hilliard Greene on Bass at Middle Collegiate Church



Hilliard Greene on Bass at Middle Collegiate Church



Hilliard Greene on Bass at Middle Collegiate Church



Hilliard Greene on Bass at Middle Collegiate Church



Hilliard Greene on Bass at Middle Collegiate Church



Hilliard Greene on Bass at Middle Collegiate Church



Hilliard Greets His Fans


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net