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Outstanding music; great band; first rate album.
on 4 May 2014
I was at a Roger Beaujolais gig when he played "Green Jeans" and recommended to the audience that Matador was one of Grant Green's top albums. So I ordered a copy from amazon the next day. That was two years ago, and Roger Beaujolais was absolutely right!
The line up is incredible. We have McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones (both feature on many Coltrane albums of the period) with Bob Cranshaw supporting Grant Green as leader on this recording date.
From what I read "Blue Note" would arrange line-ups for recording sessions; musicians that Alfred Lion put together just for a session who were not in the habit of working regularly together, or even at all. Furthermore these sessions were often "after work" i.e. In the middle of the night. And this formula has produced some amazing albums over the years.
This is likely to be one of those spontaneous sessions, but, boy, does it work. Tyner and Jones were a well honed partnership with very dominant personalities but they work together to support Grant Green who is on personal top form. There are five tunes, two by Green (Matador and Green Jeans), one by Duke Pearson (who worked for Blue Note as A & R man) and two popular show tunes, one being "My Favourite Things", which Tyner and Jones had recorded with their master to produce a "definitive" version. This version nearly matches Coltrane's in length, but Green takes a different approach to Coltrane. Debate which is the better!
For me this is a totally engrossing album and both Green and Tyner complement each other as outstanding soloists.
Although recorded in 1965 this gem wasn't released until 1990 in the USA (1979 in Japan). Allmusic awarded it a five star review; so do I.