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Beautiful Life (Jimmy Greene album)

Beautiful Life is the eighth studio album from Jimmy Greene. Mack Avenue Records released the album on November 25, 2014. Greene dedicated the album to his daughter, Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, who was murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting,[1][2][3][4]

Beautiful Life
Beautiful Life by Jimmy Greene.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 25, 2014 (2014-11-25)
GenreJazz, gospel, post-bop, neo-bop
Length49:02
LabelMack Avenue
ProducerGreene

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
All About Jazz     [6]
The Irish Times     [7]

Reviewing the album from The New York Times, Nate Chinen describes, "there's...a quiet resilience in those songs".[8] Marcus Chilton, writing a review at The Daily Telegraph, replies, "Beautiful Life is a remarkable tribute".[4] Awarding the album four and a half stars at AllMusic, Matt Collar states, "Greene transforms his personal anguish into something that's as inspirational to the soul as it is beautiful to the ears."[5] Larkin Corman, rating the album four stars from The Irish Times, writes, "Even without the context, this would be a beautiful recording; knowing the background, one cannot but be humbled by its generosity."[7] Giving the album five stars for All About Jazz, Patricia Myers says, "Greene's album combines jazz with spirituals, contemporary Christian music and ballads, plus three original songs."[6] Jack Goodstein, penning a review at Seattle Post-Intelligencer, responds, "Beautiful Life is an emotionally charged musical celebration of a life too soon lost."[9] Writing a review from the Ottawa Citizen, Peter Hum recognizes, "Totalling about 50 minutes in all, Beautiful Life is a concise album in which every note speaks volumes."[10]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Saludos/Come Thou Almighty King"Felice Giardini, Charles Wesley5:12
2."Last Summer"Jimmy Greene6:37
3."When I Come Home"Greene3:21
4."Ana's Way"Greene7:13
5."Your Great Name"Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff5:20
6."Where Is Love?"Lionel Bart4:34
7."Seventh Candle"Greene6:15
8."Maybe"Martin Charnin, Charles Strouse3:05
9."Prayer"Greene4:02
10."Little Voices"Greene3:23
Total length:49:02

PersonnelEdit

Chart performanceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Proefrock, Stacia. "Jimmy Greene : Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Staff (December 7, 2015). "Jimmy Greene, former U of M music professor, nominated for 2 Grammy awards". CBC News. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Chinen, Nate (November 26, 2014). "Jimmy Greene's 'Beautiful Life' Is a Eulogy to a Daughter". The New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Chilton, Martin (November 27, 2014). "Jimmy Greene's remarkable jazz tribute to his daughter". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "Beautiful Life - Jimmy Greene : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Myers, Patricia (February 9, 2015). "Jimmy Greene: A Beautiful Life". All About Jazz. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Larkin, Cormac (January 1, 2015). "Jimmy Greene: Beautiful Life". The Irish Times. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Chinen, Nate (November 26, 2014). "Jimmy Greene's 'Beautiful Life' Is a Eulogy to a Daughter". The New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  9. ^ Goodstein, Jack (December 11, 2014). "Music Review: Jimmy Greene - 'Beautiful Life'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  10. ^ Hum, Peter (November 24, 2014). "Beautiful Life, by Jimmy Greene, reviewed". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  11. ^ "Jimmy Greene Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  12. ^ "Jimmy Greene Chart History (Top Gospel Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Jimmy Greene Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "Jimmy Greene Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2016.