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Particularly interesting from an historical perspective is Green's reworking of "My Favorite Things," the show tune that Coltrane had made famous in 1960. Trane reworked it many times, and by the time of his volcanic performance at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, it bore little resemblance to the gentle, Eastern-flavored waltz he'd created three years before.
Green brings "My Favorite Things" back to the way Coltrane originally recorded it. Tyner plays the familiar recurring vamp and Jones sets up the waltz beat over which he lays multiple rhythms. Because Green played a single-note style with little or no chording, the guitar easily takes the place of Trane's soprano sax.
The only way that I can describe Green's solo on the tune is that it sings. He stays with the complexity of Jones' drumming as well as Trane would and remains in firm control throughout the course of a great solo that recalls the saxophonist's work and phrasing without ever sacrificing his own unique voice. Careful jazz listeners who have not already done so will enjoy playing Grant's version of "My Favorite Things" back to back with any and all of Trane's incarnations.
The CD includes a great bonus track as well: the Bacharach tune "Wives and Lovers," which was recorded by Dionne Warwick.Read more ›
Having Green's inventive guitar work in place of Coltrane's passionate sax, allows one to better compare this music with some of the more transcendental, guitar-influenced, polyrhythmic rock music that came out around the time of this recording
(Hendrix, Doors, Santana, etc.). One can really hear the influence of artists like Coltrane, Green, Tyner, and Jones on rock musicians. Actually on this recording Green makes a strong case for the belief that all the good riffs and sounds in rock music have been sampled or stolen from jazz and blues greats. I mean, listen to Bedouin, or My Favorite Things, and ask yourself if you've ever heard more thoughtful, enlightening jam sessions. Green, Jones, Tyner, and Cranshaw are all very lyrical musicians, and to have them come together on this recording represents a truely special occassion in Jazz. It doesn't get much better than this in a quartet setting.
This albums is beautiful. It is real nice to hear them cook on My Favorite Things. I always wonder what Coltrane's Atlantic version of the song would have sounded like had it been recorded by Bluenot. But by this time, Elvin and McCoy had been playing the song for almost 5 years. They knew every in and out, every nook & cranny. Sounds like they enjoyed the freshness of this version with Green. And Green he is. He introduces simplicity to the song, but lifts the song like a balloon in the breeze.
Matador, the song, has that Green styled sound to it. A lot like Jean De Fleur on Idle Moments. As does Green Jeans, another Green original. Both tunes work up a nice, smooth medium tempo, with some mean guitar licks, filled with all sorts of space and feel.
Bedoiun is a treat. Grant played on this Duke Pearson original for the recent release of Bobby Hutcherson's The Kicker which had been sitting in the Bluenote vaults for 35 years. Curiously, Mike Cuscuna who was the reissue producer and liner note writer for The Matador and The Kicker, writes in this album (Matador) that The Kicker was a somewhat disappointing session, and then in the liner notes for The Kicker has mostly nothing but praise. Go figure. Listen to it yourself. Pick it up! Grant is playing on that one too... albeit only on three tracks! But they're good.
So I'd say though, pick this album up. Idle Moments and Talkin' About are great... classics! But this one is too. Get it. The sound is pretty nice Bob Cranshaw's bass is a little muddy, but the rest sounds nice. This session is real nice...
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I know people who are avid followers of John Coltrane who stopped dead in their tracks when they heard this (they didn't know who was playing) and ask me "Who is that? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bradford K. Talamon
Grant Green at his very best. All Grant Green fans will thoroughly enjoy this album, with a great band lineup. I have almost all Grant Green and this stacks up superbly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Simon
This is really a gem that is very much in the idiom of Coltrane's classic quartet, as if the presence of Tyner and Jones were not a sufficient clue. Read morePublished 17 months ago by David Bruce
Combine the guitar mastery of Grant Green with John Coltrane's band and you have an album that is listenable open till close, Green Jeans one of grant's originals is one of my... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Will H.
...and why is this? 'Cause Green is a blues-drenched be-bop single line player who does not use chordings, which usually clash with the piano. Given that, there are some problems. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Richard Pierce
I remember that I had liked it and looked for it several times when I bought other Grant Green sets on RVG Series Remasters. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Edd Anderson
There can be no doubt that this is a classic album. That doesn't necessary mean that it's Grant 's best or that I think it is. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
With McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, how could one go wrong???
Sensational CD, my favorites being Green Jeans and My Favorite Things.
Excellent sounding all-analog mastering of one of Green's best albums. Get it while you still can, as the previous reissue (Music Matters' 2xLP 45RPM release) has gotten super... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by David Bixenspan