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 in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.