Rajiv is an impressive young Chicago saxophonist in his early 20s who has already racked up an impressive sent of credentials. He was a founding member of the funk/jazz/rock/hip-hop band Kids These Days. He currently leads his own quintet which plays all over the city. And recently, he just returned from a successful series of concerts in Poland honoring Chicago tenor sax legend Von Freeman.
"I have always loved great live recordings over studio recordings, great as some studio records are; and “A Group Effort” is no exception! This is a great recording! The sound quality of this album is excellent!
The group is extremely “tight” and they all know Chris’s songs inside and out. Because of that chemistry, this music FEELS great and all of it grooves hard! I’ve already listened to the CD 3 times and it gets better every time.I have experienced nothing but pleasure listening to this album. This music has a complex, yet simplistic beauty about it; It's easy on the ears, because it FEELS GREAT, and the melodies are beautiful and "singable"; however, it does not lack in musical integrity!
I place no [genre] category on this album; THIS IS GOOD MUSIC!"