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Grant Green
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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A brilliant 1964 quartet session with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. Green cooks from first note to last with some of his purest jazz playing.


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All Artists: Grant Green
Title: Matador
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 4/4/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 077778444220


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A brilliant 1964 quartet session with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. Green cooks from first note to last with some of his purest jazz playing.

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Grant Green's Best
Ben Fernandez | Boston, MA | 10/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd and "Solid" are two of Grant Green's best cd's. Both were recorded with Coltrane's rhythm section, and both are classics. On this one, Grant does his own rendition of "My Favorite Things," and it's great. If you like jazz guitar, this is a must have cd!"
Powerful music.
mike zichella | 07/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"At the risk of sounding silly...

This album can be likened to those oriental paintings of fierce dragons weaving in and out of the clouds.

It sounds to me like the musicians are riding the same energy and translating it back through their instruments. Of course these guys are great musicans but on this date the music was(is) way greater than the individuals."
Unsung Hero
Derek Johnson | United Kingdom | 01/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I find Jazz, as a genre, difficult to review. I mean I know why I like a Jazz CD, but getting that over into the written word, especially as I am far from a Jazz critic per se, has proved difficult to me over the years. But I couldn't let the chance of not expressing my delight in this CD pass by, so please excuse my ignorant with regard jazz terms and icons. The first reason why I was drawn to Mr. Grant Green, is, after reading his bio, he seems a un heard of name. I mean I have heard of Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and the like, but not Mr. Green. Upon discovering him, I choose this 1965 release to start my education. And what a education it is. As one of my fellow reviewers mentions else where it sounds like he is singing on his guitar playing. You can hear that most clearly on 'Matador'. I feel he was brave to want to venture onto a song that Mr. Coltrane had his own 'My favorite Things. I'll leave it up to you to decide if it holds it's own, but being a Jazz guitar lover, over the saxophone, I must say I prefer the version on offer here.

Things continue in the same vein with' Green Jeans', and 'Bedouin'. Words can't describe the beauty, at least not this reviewer, but trust me here's an artist in full control of his art. If that's not all, we also have the pleasure of the bonus cut 'Wives and Lovers'.

Mr. Green has remained in the shadows of the aforementioned jazz greats (especially Mr. Montgomery) and died in obscurity in 1979, at the age of 43, after battling a drug problem for many years, but left a body of work that all lovers of the jazz guitar should check out & see that he truly was the unsung hero of his generation. This is an excellent place to start. I doubt that you'll be disappointed