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When R&B lovers hear the name Al Green}, they immediately think of the Memphis soul singer who gave us ‘70s hits like "I'm Still in Love with You,"} "Take Me to the River,"} "Love and Happiness,"} "Full of Fire"} and "Let's Stay Together"}--that is, before he became a gospel-singing Protestant minister and gave up his career in secular music. But the Al Green} who is profiled in this bio is a different Al Green}; he's a veteran jazz drummer who has been around the Chicago music scene since the ‘50s. Green}, who was born in Houston, TX on March 20, 1936 but raised on the Windy City's Near North Side, started out as a blues drummer; one of the bluesmen he accompanied on stage was Willie Dixon}. But Green} ended up shifting his focus to instrumental jazz, and the drummers who influenced his hard bop playing included Art Blakey}, Max Roach}, Art Taylor} and Philly Joe Jones}. Although Green} never became well known nationally, he remained active on the Chicago jazz scene in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. In the late ‘90s--when the hard bopper had a regular gig at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Chicago--he ran into someone he had known since the ‘50s: alto saxophonist Othello Anderson}. Along the way, Anderson} had grown disillusioned with the music business and become an art teacher--in the late ‘90s, the alto man was paying his bills by teaching art at the University of Illinois at Chicago but still played his alto on the side. So Green} invited Anderson} to sit in with him on his Marriott gigs, and Anderson} ended up playing with Green} on a regular basis. In the early 2000s, they co-led a working group that was billed as the $Al Green}/Othello Anderson Quintet}; the group's three other members were Dr. Odies Williams III} (trumpet), Leandro Lopez Varady} (piano) and John Whitfield} (bass). Neither Green} nor Anderson} had ever recorded an album under his own name, but in March 2002, they finally co-led a hard bop-oriented studio session. That session resulted in their CD Mr. Lucky}, which came out on Bob Koester}'s Chicago-based Delmark} label in August 2002. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

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