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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 anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.