Friday, 1 July 2016
Grant Green - Green Street (1961)
Out of all of Grant Green's recordings as leader (and there were many - four albums in 1961 alone) this is the sole guitar-bass-drums trio date, and I think that's why it's the one that's stayed with me. Green's no-frills technique and melodic sensibility is front-and-centre for the entire album - according to George Benson, that clean, punchy tone is all midrange; Grant favoured turning off the bass and treble dials entirely.
Lots to enjoy here - the most atypical track is a slow, smoky club take on Thelonious Monk's 'Round About Midnight, otherwise the highlights are all bluesy and swinging - not least Grant's Dimensons, where Green's melody and technique are on point throughout, and drummer Dave Bailey keeps a phenomenal groove.