Whimsy is as much a tool as gravity in Greenberger’s world, and he always brings a child’s wonder to his recitations. He doesn’t treat each utterance as sage wisdom. He deeply gets that his subjects are simply humans, not seers, and sometimes they say very funny things. Never Give Up Study—one of a number of recent spoken word-with-music releases—pairs Greenberger with pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius’s band, Jupiter Circle. Kasius’s jazzy compositional sense and chamber-group sensitivity allows Greenberger to float above the dense yet breathy music. It’s as though the words to “Cowboy Spirituals” land on a pillow, yet there is also an angularity that occasionally, as in “I Fell Down,” jars in just the right way. Greenberger has been making art from age for over three decades. It will be very interesting to see where his journey takes him as he steps toward his own golden years. Duplexplanet.com.