The reason I think that Grant Green was given less then his due by critics during his lifetime was that his style was so unashamedly melodic,uncluttered and direct that it seems on the surface to much less accomplished then that of many of his peers.
This terrific set gives further evidence,if any were needed as to the abilities and entertainment value of Grant Green, perhaps one of the most under rated players of his generation. Grant's playing is a sort of stripped down, melodic, soul-blues amalgam where melody and tone are preferred to displays of technique.In fact there isn't a track on this great value 2 disc set where the great man doesn't do something memorable or interesting.Grant is also an unselfish band player, which given the quality of the company he keeps on this set,is no bad idea.Solos are shared and a sense of 'groove' established,but there is reverence for melody,which is not always the case with some jazz combo's.This makes for an engaging listen which ensures that returning to this collection is a pleasure rather then an obligation.
From pop tunes such as 'Moon River',to more familiar straight-ahead fare such as 'Green Dolphin Street' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So' there is much to enjoy here.It also helps that Grant was no mean tune writer himself, as jaunty little numbers such as 'Gooden's Corner' more then adequately demonstrate. All in all then, this set is well worth your investment in terms of time and money.
ps: the remastering is great-it's hard to credit that these tracks go back to 1961.