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4.0 out of 5 stars Swinging Hard-Bop in a Classic Blue Note Style, 12 Jun 2009
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Clive Hedges (Durham) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Solid (Audio CD)
Fans of Grant Green, Joe Henderson or the classic Coltrane quartet stop off here and add this to your collection. This is a great group set. Green gets a bit less solo space than is usual for albums under his own name - there are two horn players, Henderson and James Spaulding, as well as McCoy Tyner on hand, so his room is limited. So if you're expecting the long, bluesy solos he showcases on some of the earlier trio sessions you may be disappointed. However, what you do get is great modern hard-bop.

Green's guitar is, as always, crystal clear and his essentially saxophone-like style of choosing his notes and building a solo is actually ideally suited to these kind of themes. They're of the slightly tricky hard-bop variety that was by then a staple for these players and all make the most of their space. The one exception is the, perhaps wryly titled, 'Grant's Tune', Green's only original and the one where he hogs most of the available time, but to good effect.

Spaulding is urgent and bluesy, Henderson, broad ranging and intense and Tyner his usual lyrical self. Elvin Jones, on drums, is relatively restrained and gets little chance to break loose except on 'Ezz-thetic' but still adds another dimension to the sound. The version of 'The Kicker' feels quite different to the one on Horace Silver's Song for My Father and is worth checking out. There's a Burt Bacharach tune at the end without the horn players and it sounds as lyrical, swinging and fun as you would expect from the combination of tune and players and if you like Green's other sessions with these players on Matador , for example, you'll like that.
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