Matador - (Import CD)

Grant Green

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Categories
JazzMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Jazz Instrument
  3. Guitar
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Title
The Matador
Country
USA
Notes

Personnel: Grant Green (guitar); McCoy Tyner (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on May 20, 1965. Includes liner notes by Michael Cuscuna.
Grant Green recorded so much high-quality music for Blue Note during the first half of the '60s that a number of excellent sessions went unissued at the time. Even so, it's still hard to figure out why 1964's Matador was only released in Japan in 1979, prior to its U.S. CD reissue in 1990 -- it's a classic and easily one of Green's finest albums. In contrast to the soul-jazz and jazz-funk for which Green is chiefly remembered, Matador is a cool-toned, straight-ahead modal workout that features some of Green's most advanced improvisation, even more so than his sessions with Larry Young. Part of the reason for that is that Green is really pushed by his stellar backing unit: pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Elvin Jones. Not only is Green leading a group that features one-half of the classic Coltrane Quartet, but he even takes on Coltrane's groundbreaking arrangement of "My Favorite Things" -- and more than holds his own over ten-plus minutes. In fact, every track on the album is around that length; there are extended explorations of two Green originals ("Green Jeans" and the title track) and Duke Pearson's Middle Eastern-tinged "Bedouin," plus the bonus cut "Wives and Lovers," a swinging Bacharach pop tune not on the Japanese issue. The group interplay is consistently strong, but really the spotlight falls chiefly on Green, whose crystal-clear articulation flourishes in this setting. And, for all of Matador's advanced musicality, it ends up being surprisingly accessible. This sound may not be Green's claim to fame, but Matador remains one of his greatest achievements. ~ Steve Huey

BarCode
077778444220
Country of Origin
USA
Barcode
0077778444220
Label
Blue Note
Distributor
EMI Music Distribution
Performer
Grant Green
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Matador
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] My Favorite Things
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Green Jeans
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Bedouin
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Wives and Lovers - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
Artists
  1. Grant Green
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Engineer
Rudy VanGelder

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