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 the backbeat shines through everywhere. Its changing meter invites a welcome irregularity that’s heavy on soul and easy on the mind. Expressive ballads, such as the “Deep River” spiritual, evoke an age-old association between blues and jazz. Both have relied heavily over the years on strong emotions that last. The session’s high point comes through Airto’s fiery samba, “Umberto 7.4,” with its classical guitar fragrance, light soprano saxophone ambience, and hot, festival atmosphere. Audio samples are available at the label’s web site .
Cantaloupe Woman; Selma March; Another Time, Another Place; Can You Feel It; Umberto 7.4; Deep River; People Make the World Go Round; For the Love Of You; 6 Grams of Funk.