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 .
Track Listing: 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.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.