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  • Audio CD (6 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00002SWSN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Music Fan on 8 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
This great Blue Note album was recorded in September 1964 and features Grant Green on guitar, Larry Young on organ and Elvin Jones on drums. The guitar/organ/drums band format is a tried and tested one but these musicians lift this record way above the norm.

Green plays in his usual clean picking style and produces some lovely long lines of melody and Jones does plenty more than just mark time. However, it's Young who really catches the ear; the recording beautifully captures his fantastic sophisticated variations and swirling attack.

I've got plenty of Jazz albums more influential or famous than this one but very few that I actually listen to as often. The same can be said for the equally wonderful `Street of Dreams' from the same line up (plus Bobby Hutcherson on vibes).

Despite what it says in the Amazon description this is NOT a Van Gelder Edition; just a straight remastered reissue so there are no extra tracks or new sleeve notes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Green at his peak.... 11 Jun 2001
By Anders Jonasson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion Green reached his peak somewhere around 1964-65. This CD is one of his very best. The collaboration bedwteen Green, Young and Jones is super. On the opnener "Talkin about JC" (John Coltrane of course)Young sets the groove, and then Green starts to groove, for every 12 bar chorus he digs deeper into the groove. I am also very fond of "Luny Tune". It gives a kick when Green takes off right after the lead, his guitar is singing, and his playing is flawless and totally relaxed. I always felt that Jones and Green goes very well together, and that is something that Jones confirms in the biography about Green, which is by the way highly recommended to all "Green fans".(REDISCOVERING THE FORGOTTEN GENIUS OF JAZZ GUITAR, by Sharony Andrews Green, MIller Freeman Books)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Talkin' About Groove 5 Dec 1999
By Dr. Red Stanford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine reissue that has been a favorite of mine for some time. It's about time Blue Note started releasing some of these great albums. The tune Talkin' About JC is a long minor blues that keeps interest non-stop. I love the sound Larry Young gets on the B3, check out the descending chords leading in Grant Green's solo to see what I mean. Luny Tune is the most swinging tune on the disc, those hip triads Young puts into the bridge are priceless, as is Grant Green's solo. Elvin Jones keeps everying moving. The ballads are very nice as well, with a soothing quality, Green steals the show on these. One more thing about Talkin' About JC, the tempo seems to really pick up after Jones solo, but it doesn't take away from the music. I highly recommend this album for Blue Note fans, for more great Larry Young check out Into Something and Unity, for Grant Green check out some of his new reissues.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Smokin Grant Green, Larry Young and Elvin Jones 27 Nov 1999
By Frank Bock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Since my last review was chopped at the head, I'll simply write again. Talkin' About cooks. This whole group really really cooks, baby. You've all heard Elvin, Larry Young, and Grant Green get together on sessions with either Hank Mobley, Bobby Hutcherson, or Sam Rivers. But this date just gives em all a chance to stretch out and show what theys can do as a little bitty trio.
Phew! check out the first track, Talkin' About JC written of course for John Coltrane, by Larry Young. Green's solo is intense, propelled by Elvin Jones, but Larry Young comes on and makes so much tension that you just want a release and that comes when Jones just thunders out a mean solo drums.
The ballads, People and You Don't Know What Love Is, show Larry Young smiling with remarkable restraint. Elvin is always nice with a quiet song, and Green can show anyone a pretty guitar lick or two or three or four, and Young rounds it off giving them a nice edge. The last two, Luny Tune and I'm and Old Cowhand barbeque up a storm like the first song. Pick this album up cause it's real nice. I think maybe Grant Green's at his best. Nice sound. Great Cd. Get it?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended, but get Green's essential albums first! 20 Feb 2000
By ptc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Excellent sound, great playing, and even some unusual licks for Green in "I'm An Old Cowhand" make this a very highly reccommended album for Grant Green (or Larry Young) fans -- AFTER you've picked up the essentials: "Solid", "Idle Moments", and "Green St."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Talkin' About Green-Young-Jones 15 Nov 2012
By D.R.L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
~ During the autumn 1964 - spring 1965 period the trio of Grant Green (guitar), Larry Young (organ), and Elvin Jones (drums) recorded four stellar sessions for Blue Note records. This review summarizes the four resulting albums / CDs so that the reader can make an informed buying decision.
~ At the time of these recordings, Grant Green was already an established star and served as `the house guitarist' for Blue Note. Over the years, Green would record with a virtual who's who of the jazz organ (including Brother Jack McDuff, Sam Lazar, Baby Face Willette, Gloria Coleman, Big John Patton, and Jimmy Smith); however, nothing surpasses his guitar-organ-drums sessions with Larry Young and Elvin Jones. At the time of these recordings, Jones was best known as the hard-driving drummer in the John Coltrane band, while Larry Young was earning a reputation as "the John Coltrane of the organ" because of his distinctive modal approach to the Hammond B-3 at a time when Jimmy Smith's blues-based soul-jazz style defined the sound of the organ. Indeed, the Young-Green-Jones recordings represent a significant departure from the earlier soul-jazz recordings that Green made with organist Big John Patton and drummer Ben Dixon. While Green and Young get much of the credit for the harmonic and melodic success of these four albums, the contribution of Elvin Jones is significant and invaluable.
~ Green's 41 minute "Talkin About" album was recorded on 11 September 1964 and features the Young-Green-Jones trio. Green had recently recorded "Matador" and "Solid", two of his most advanced albums, with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones of the John Coltrane quartet. With "Talkin' About", Green continued to advance in the modal direction he started exploring with the two previous outings; Young and Jones provide there perfect partners for Green's progress. The trio finds a suitable middle ground between the soul-jazz of Green's early days and the modal flavor of his most recent work. Though Young's style was not fully developed yet, he is no longer simply a Jimmy Smith disciple; his playing here is far more adventurous than the typical soul-jazz date, both harmonically and rhythmically. Jones and Young often play off one another to create an intricate pulse that is far removed from the standard soul-jazz groove. The trio's interplay is best showcased on Young's 12 minute tribute to Coltrane, "Talkin' About J.C." and the playful "I'm an Old Cowhand". Young and Green show particularly effective interactions on the ballads "People" and "You Don't Know What Love Is".
~ Young's 48 minute debut as a leader on Blue Note was the wonderful "Into Somethin" album recorded 12 November 1964. Tenor sax man Sam Rivers adds his distinctive voice to the Young-Green-Jones trio. The quartet performs four Young originals plus Green's Other than the blues "Backup," the music is fairly complex, grooving in its own fashion and showing that Young was absorbing Coltrane's modal excursions. Stand outs include Young's relaxed groove "Tyrone", Green's Spanish-tinged "Plaza de Toros", Young's gentle "Paris Eyes", and the blues "Backup". Two versions of Young's "Ritha" are included; one with and one without sax.
~ The Young-Green-Jones trio recorded again on 16 November 1964, this time with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. The results of this session were released as Green's 35-minute album "Street of Dreams". Compared to other recordings by the Young-Green-Jones trio, "Street of Dreams" presents a rather mellow, dreamy atmosphere. There are only four selections, all standards and all around eight to ten minutes long. The musicians approach the tunes as extended mood pieces, creating a marvelously light, cool atmosphere. Hutcherson is the perfect addition for this project, able to blend in with the modal advancement of the rest of the ensemble while adding his clear, shimmering tone to the overall texture of the album. All the musicians play with a delicate touch that is distinct from the modal soul-jazz on "Talkin' About". There are no fireworks or funky grooves here; the general feel of the album is thoughtful and introspective rather than romantic.
~ On 31 March 1965, the Young-Green-Jones trio recorded their last session as a unit; this time with Hank Mobley added on tenor sax. The resulting 41 minute "I Want to Hold Your Hand" album continues the soft, easy style of the "Street of Dreams" album. However, this time the music is less reflective and more romantic and outwardly engaging. Mobley's breathy, sensuous warmth keeps the album simmering at a low boil, especially on "Speak Low". The repertoire mixes romantic ballad standards like "Stella By Starlight"and gently undulating bossa novas. The title track by Lennon and McCartney is cleverly adapted and arranged into perfectly viable jazz that suits Green's elegant touch with pop standards. The other bossa nova, Jobim's "Corcovado," is given a wonderfully caressing treatment. Even with all the straightforward pop overtones of much of the material, the quartet's playing is still subtly advanced, both in its rhythmic interaction and the soloists' harmonic choices.
~ All four of these CDs are excellent, albeit brief. If you can afford all four, go for it. If you can only afford one or two of the CDs, hopefully the descriptions above are helpful.
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