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Am I Blue
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
This great guitarist recorded in a variety of settings and concepts during his years at Blue Note. Am I Blue featured the perennial trio of Green, organist John Patton and drummer Ben Dixon with the trumpet of Johnny Coles... more »
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This great guitarist recorded in a variety of settings and concepts during his years at Blue Note. Am I Blue featured the perennial trio of Green, organist John Patton and drummer Ben Dixon with the trumpet of Johnny Coles and the tenor saxophone of newcomer Joe Henderson. What makes this album so unusual in Green's canon is that the entire album is in a soulful, atmospheric ballad groove. The material ranges from the blues ballad "Sweet Slumber" to the country song "Take These Chains From My Heart", but the after hours mood that these men create is never broken. This is the first appearance of this album on CD. The Players:
Grant Green: Guitar
Johnny Coles: Trumpet
Joe Henderson: Tenor Sax
John Patton: Organ
Ben Dixon: Drums
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G B | Connecticut | 07/24/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the weakest albums in the RVG series. The lineup is good on paper -- the organ trio of Green, Big John Patton and Ben Dixon (which made many excellent recordings in the early 60s) joined by Johnny Coles and mighty Joe Henderson on the front line. But in this case, good on paper translates into unremarkable in reality.The slow and medium tempos here add up to a sleepy mood, with Green (and occasionally one of the other players) soloing over arrangements by Duke Pearson. There's not much interaction between the soloists and the rhythm section. Things only loosen up on the last track, a 14 minute jam that lifts the album out of its doldrums.Am I Blue came right before the prime of Grant Green's career -- a one year span when he recorded Idle Moments, Matador, Solid, Talkin' About and Street of Dreams under his own name and played as a sideman on Larry Young's Into Somethin' and Lee Morgan's (stupendous) Search for the New Land. But I'd recommend listening to any of those other great albums before you buy this dud."
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G. A. Anderson | Reno, Nevada United States | 09/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like Grant Green, you know what to expect from this album: a GREAT recording. Sure, it's not THAT unique from others around the time but it is by no means a bad album. There aren't any bonus tracks or alternate takes (like many of the other RVG remasters) but the album is impossible to find on vinyl so that's forgiveable; practically the only complaint I have with it. Don't be fooled by snobbery."
Ben Fernandez | Boston, MA | 10/27/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with the guy who said this was a "snoozer." The playing just sounds very uninspired to me. Much as I love Grant Green, I couldn't recommend this one. Fortunately, he put out so many great cd's that there are plenty of other good ones to choose from."