Grant Green's "Feelin' the Spirit" drifted briefly out-of-print over the past couple of years, but now makes a permanent return to the Blue Note catalog with this remastered RVG reissue. Recorded on December 21, 1962, the guitarist is joined on this session by Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, and Garvin Masseaux on tamborine. Personally, I find Green's most enjoyable Blue Note albums to be the straightforward jazz sessions -- "Green Street" (see my review), the Sonny Clark sessions, "Idle Moments," "Solid", "Matador," etc. -- and less so the novelty or theme records. Of course, sometimes focusing on a particular talent of Green's does work, as on the organ trio sessions with Larry Young (see my review of "Street of Dreams") or blues-flavored efforts like "Born to be Blue" (again, SMR). However, many of these sessions that Alfred Lion must have felt like he needed to cut in order to cash in on potential crossover success -- "Am I Blue," "The Latin Bit," "Goin' West," and the gospel inspired "Feelin' the Spirit" -- just don't do it for me. The longer guitar improvisations on the gospel traditionals get tiresome here, and equally snooze-worthy is Masseaux's meaningless contribution -- and I thought jazz congas were boring! Even though I'm not totally "Feelin' the Spirit," I am thankful that Lion did record Grant Green so frequently, and that Blue Note/EMI have seen fit to make his music more readily available now than in the 1960s when it was originally conceived.