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Grant Green, Jr.: Introducing G.G.

Read "Introducing G.G." reviewed by Joe Lazar


Soul Jazz is cheating. The recipe is tried and true: slick guitar, funky Rhodes and Hammond Organ, tight Drums and Bass, a full horn section. Music like this sounds good and makes folks happy with ease. It is also relatively formulaic.

Such is the scenario for guitarist Grant Green, Jr.’s new album, Introducing G.G.. The selections are soulful, the arrangements tight, the production clean. The rhythms get feet tapping, heads bobbing, and smiles around the room. But, as is often ...

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Album Review

Grant Green, Jr.: Introducing G.G.

Read "Introducing G.G." reviewed by Jim Santella


The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. A strong connection remains. Stepping out on his own, Grant Green, Jr. exhibits a natural affinity for the funk and blues that his late jazz guitarist father epitomized. A smooth, romantic texture emanates from his melodic instrument. Green has selected an eclectic program, including something for everyone. Mellow, smooth jazz sounds follow acoustic, straight-ahead jazz and contemporary, rock-hard funk. Portions of “6 Grams of Funk” are in six, and portions aren’t; but ...

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Album Review

Reuben Wilson: Organ Blues

Read "Organ Blues" reviewed by Jim Santella


Reuben Wilson’s blues band settles in nice and cozy. It’s a celebration! Nods to Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff fit appropriately into a session of traditional good time blues. Melvin Butler lends a soulful persona that stands patiently in the shadow of the late Eddie Harris. Grant Green, Jr. and leader Reuben Wilson recall the great organ-guitar combinations jazz has espoused. Bernard Purdie drives the band with seasoned veteran chops.

Wilson’s career began 40 years ago in Los Angeles, playing ...

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Album Review

Reuben Wilson: Organ Blues

Read "Organ Blues" reviewed by Jim Santella


Reuben Wilson’s blues band settles in nice and cozy. It’s a celebration! Nods to Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff fit appropriately into a session of traditional good time blues. Melvin Butler lends a soulful persona that stands patiently in the shadow of the late Eddie Harris. Grant Green, Jr. and leader Reuben Wilson recall the great organ-guitar combinations jazz has espoused. Bernard Purdie drives the band with seasoned veteran chops.

Wilson’s career began 40 years ago in Los Angeles, playing ...

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Album Review

Indigenous People: Unite

Read "Unite" reviewed by AAJ Staff


For those unfamiliar with Marc Cary and his various ensemble fronts, “Indigenous People" is Marc Cary's groove-based ensemble that plays a varied repertoire of groove cuts taken from the loom of “African diasporic music." So then there is a melange here of Afro-Latin grooves, Jazz, African Folk, the Go Go music of Cary's youth, and raw, unadulterated funk; all rendered in the eclectic and freewheeling spirit of Cary and “the IP crew."

Indigenous People's first record was cut on Cary's ...

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Album Review

Masters Of Groove: Masters Of Groove Meet Dr. No

Read "Masters Of Groove Meet Dr. No" reviewed by Jim Santella


Four seasoned veterans bring back the 1960s through a nostalgic look at the music from the first James Bond thriller. Organ, guitar, bass and drums remind us how well the organ combo fit popular music of the day. The film’s scenery, which included tropical beaches and open waters, made it possible for a variety of popular music to fit in.

The organ-guitar combo has brought us many years of pleasurable jazz. The four Masters of Groove recall those years, but ...

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Album Review

Marc Cary: Rhodes Ahead Vol. 1

Read "Rhodes Ahead Vol. 1" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Jazz pianist Marc Cary pays a bit of homage to the electric piano that Harold Rhodes started developing way back in the mid-forties as Leo Fender subsequently bought the rights and appended his last name to an instrument that is cherished by many a keyboardist. With Rhodes Ahead, Vol 1 Cary performs on the rhodes, and the now ancient yet still delectable (analog) moog synthesizer, while the end results prove to be somewhat of a mixed bag at best.

The ...


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