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Feelin' the Spirit

1 Mar. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar. 2005
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2005
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 46:59
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  • ASIN: B001JLFP1S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,582 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Im feelin it !!! 26 April 2005
By Blues Bro - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What an amazing record even by Grant Green standards!!! The long guitar improvisations are filled with deep feelin in every note, not a moment it gets tiresome in here. Herbie Hancock is a revelation in this album, playing down home like I ve never heard him before, what an incredible musician. And if that is not enough you got the great Billy Higgins on drums, what else can you ask for? This is one of the great Grant Green albums, in my top 3.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Not Totally "Feelin' the Spirit" 2 Mar. 2005
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Green with piano quartets better than funk stuff? 9 Oct. 2005
By Tiny tunes - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yet another Rudy Van Gelder recorded masterpiece. With so many great Jazz recordings, he should have his own separate filing category under jazz. I like some of Herbie Hancock's albums, but tend to lose interest with his "evolvement". Green's albums I like more for their accessibility. I know too many aficionados who drool over Green's 70's funk, but they miss the complexity of his playing as on these beautiful gems in his piano quartets (other noteworthy albums include "Idle Moments" & "The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark"). Green's solos include what I think are arpeggios; the rapid note repetition he swirls around you are stunning in their movement of the song. Hancock's genius rests in his accompaniment; his notable piano brushstrokes complement some of Green's most subtle playing (though don't miss his piano solo on "Joshua fit the battle of Jericho"). The mood of the album makes you wonder if it was recorded in one of those legendary Blue Note photographs, with musicians colored in darkness and cigarette smoke. This group gives added meaning to gospel tunes like "Go Down Moses." Billy Higgins, from Ornette Coleman's band, plays drums.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Labour of Love 6 May 2012
By Jerlaw - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Broadening his musical palette, Grant Green detoured into a number of "theme" sessions in 1962 -- the light Latin jazz of The Latin Bit; the country & western standards of Goin' West; and the best of the bunch, the old-time gospel album Feelin' the Spirit. For Feelin' the Spirit, Green takes five traditional, public-domain African-American spirituals (plus the CD bonus track "Deep River") and gives them convincing jazz treatments in a quartet-plus-tambourine setting. Green's light touch and clear tone match very well with the reverent material, and pianist Herbie Hancock is tremendous in support, serving the needs of the music and nailing the bright gospel style perfectly. Similarly, Green's playing never gets too complicated or loses sight of the melodies, yet he never runs short of ideas -- which goes to show that Feelin' the Spirit is indeed a labor of love. Opening with a jaunty "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," Green and Hancock work up an impassioned gospel fervor on "Go Down Moses," which is loaded with soulful, bluesy tradeoffs. Yet overall, the mood is fairly reflective, with Green's interpretations of "Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" pointing up the suffering and sorrow behind these standards -- with the implication that suffering still continued into 1962. That's not to say Feelin' the Spirit is a depressing album, though; it's simply infused with the spirit of the blues, which is part of the reason these songs translate so surprisingly well despite their harmonic simplicity. Green, Hancock, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins keep the grooves flowing throughout, making Feelin' the Spirit a rousingly successful experiment.
Delightful and at times inspiring 29 Nov. 2006
By David Zapolsky - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album after hearing "Jericho" on radio, and while I agree with some of the reservations expressed in the other reviews about the quality of Green's performance in these sessions, I found this album surprisingly satisfying. Overall, Green's work is very solid, and often inspired (though at times, admittedly, repetitive). But what really makes the album swing is Grant's backup cast, which picks up energetically wherever Green leaves off. In particular, Green's pianist for the album, a young Herbie Hancock, stands out on nearly all the tracks, and at times nearly steals the show from Green. Green's synergy with his band, and the obvious inspiration that all the players drew from the spirituals that make up the musical core of this record, are well worth owning and listening to repeatedly, and they hold up well to the test of time with many of the era's best sessions.
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