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Personnel: Claude Bartee, tenor sax Willie Bivens, vibes Grant Green, guitar Clarence Palmer, electric piano Earl Neal Creque, electrtic piano (on "Cease the Bombing") Jimmy Lewis, Fender bass Idris Muhammad, drums
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It was a few years since I dug this one up. I almost forgot that album featured Rhodes not B-3... which is kinda interesting... although the Rhodes had been around FOREVER prior to making it to the mainstream of funk and fusion in the '70s, kinda when you see "1969" as the release date and its a Grant album, you figure kinda expect a John Patton or Reuben Wilson type thang... but I digress... What we have hear is a VERY funky CD with not only Grant but Idris Muhammad on drums done at the same time that cats like Lou Donaldson and Reuben Wilson were saying, "O.K. we did the Blues thing, we're still bluesy, but now we're diggin' on James Brown !" - - and diggin' on James Brown they were. Though I DON'T WANT NOBODY (et al.) doesn't exactly sound like the original groove, its one mommy of a funked up Jam.
Additional personel include Claude Bartee, tenor; Willie Bivens, vibes, Clarence Palmer and Earl Neal Creque on Rhodes, Jimmy Lewis on bass.
People : Keep your fingers crossed and pray for a reissue of Reuben's Blue Mode and in the meantime go dig some Funk Inc.
"Idle Moments" and especially "Matador" with McCoy Tyner and the rest of what was then John Coltrane's working group. Of course, Grant Green's transition to jazz funk was less interesting and more commercial but as the other reviews have said, the sound of a Fender Rhodes was more pleasing to the ears than the Hammond B-3 (though that has its fans too)
though despite the same keyboard, "In a Silent Way" this is not. Still solid jazz funk, without any major surpises and the best of Grant Green's funk period and one of his last solid albums.
If I paid a cover at a small club in 1972 to hear Grant Green, my reaction to this band would've been, "Where's the Hammond?" Because a B3 is basically what it needs. It took an exceptional player to carry a band on a Fender Rhodes, & Clarence Palmer isn't brimming over with ideas. The sound of the piano is already too close to vibes. The song selection isn't particularly inspired; nice that they gave the James Brown number a try. The great Neil Creque contributes a pretty tune & sweet playing on "Cease The Bombing," but what that title has to do with the get-ready-to-make-out mood of the song can only be explained by assuming Neil had a very strong opinion about the Vietnam War. "Carryin' On" is like the middle set in a night's work; everyone's keeping something in reserve for the hipper late crowd.