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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'While Looking Up'
Artist - Jimmy Greene

For those not in the know, on his brand new album While Looking Up (out now via Mack Avenue), Jimmy Greene finds solace, support and inspiration from multiple directions, but in particular from casting his gaze heavenward.

Looking inward, he’s comforted by his faith and by the gift for moving, expressive composition that has marked his work for the last two decades.

Looking outward, he has his family and his brilliant collaborators, culled for this project from a list of longtime favorites who haven’t entered the studio together in at least a decade.

And while looking up, he recalls the joyful spirit of his daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, who tragically lost her life in 2012, along with 25 other students and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

1. 'So in Love'
2. 'No Words'
3. 'Always There'
4. 'April 4th'
5. 'Good Morning Heartache'
6. 'Overreaction'
7. 'Steadfast'
8. 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)'
9. 'While Looking Up'
10. 'Simple Prayer'

On this prolifically heartfelt new album, the saxophonist - who is also, and always, guided by the inspirational words of his pastor - opens with the upbeat melodies of Cole Porter's 'So In Love,' and backs that up with the creeping 'No Words,' before bringing forth both the bass-backed 'Always There' and then the wistful piano elegance of 'April 4th.'

The breathy sax work of 'Good Morning Heartache' is then followed by the upbeat turn of 'Overreaction,' which in turn is backed by the stoic sax and piano turn of 'Steadfast.'

The Whitney hit (albeit here completely and totally unrecognizable) 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)' is up next and then the album rounds out with the sultry late night, twinkling groove of 'While Looking Up' and then comes to a close with the beautiful, emotionally bursting 'Simple Prayer.'

“The whole idea of While Looking Up is indicative of the times we’re in now,” Greene says. “I can think about my personal journey through our family’s tragedy, and I can also look outside of myself and see the state we’re in, constantly bombarded with the chaos that’s become normalized in our society and our country."

"In both instances, it’s easy to walk away feeling disillusioned and, in many ways, hopeless. But I’m always reminded to look upward.”

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