Seasoning the Greens (2001)


"Seasoning The Greens," recorded live in 2001 in Burlington, VT, has been heralded as a great feat in the fusion of world music and free jazz; it is a free-jazz world tour worth taking.

This album features Bill Cole on the Chinese suona, Korean hojok, Korean piri, nagaswaram, shehnai, Tibetan trumpet, didgeridoo and Ghanaian flute), Cooper-Moore (percussion and self-made instruments), Warren Smith (percussion and glockenspiel), Joe Daley (euphonium and tuba), William Parker (acoustic bass), Sam Furnace (tenor sax), and Atticus Cole (percussion).


Bill Cole's music is a treasure for all the world to hear, beautiful art inspired by and borrowed from all cultures and delivered back with love. Seasoning the Greens (both the piece and the album) may be the reedman's most heartwarming and downright irresistible work yet.... Seasoning the Greens is a must-have.”

— François Couture, All About Jazz

...Seasoning The Greens is successful not only because free jazz and many types of nonwestern music share characteristics, but also because Cole knows how to add up their differences in a natural way.... Seasoning The Greens is a winner from start to finish – Cole is backed by an enthusiastic and empathic band, and his understanding of the nonwestern music that inspired this project pushes it just to the left of any other free jazz you’ve heard.”

— Charlie Wilmoth, Dusted Magazine

A worthwhile listen for the geographically curious jazzer.”

— Peter Marsh, BBC Review

An education for the ear, an essential disc for listeners with geographical aspirations or interests in a different musical palette.”

— Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz