The Jazz Show Episode May 19, 2014

Broadcast on 19-May-2014

9:00pm - 11:59pm

Guitar great Grant Geen: "Matador" with McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw and Elvin Jones.

Guitarist Grant Green seemed to suddenly appear on the national Jazz scene from out of nowhere appearing on Blue Note Records as a leader and as a sideman in the early 60s. He had honed his skills in his hometown of St. Louis MO and was asked to come to New York by alto saxophone master Lou Donaldson who recommended him to Blue Note's honcho Alfred Lion. Green became a favourite and recorded frequently in the years 1961-65 and those recordings contain his most lasting work. Many of Green's sessions were never issued until after his death in 1979. This one that we're featuring tonight was one of those.It's a very high level session with Mr. Green in the company of two members of John Coltrane's "classic quartet" in the persons of pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones. The bassist is the ubiquitous Bob Cranshaw. With this powerful rhythm section Green is at his best. Two Green originals (including the title track) are heard plus a delightful version of "My Favourite Things" with the Coltrane arrangement. Pianist Duke Pearson's exotic original called "Bedouin" is heard. Completing the set is the Bacharach/David tune called "Wives and Lovers" done in "sprung waltz" style. Mr. Green was one of the giants of the guitar and this date proves it!

Track Listing:

The Dart Game
Shelly Manne · Swinging Sounds
Bea's flat
Shelly Manne · Swinging Sounds
Parthenia
Shelly Manne · Swinging Sounds
Bernie's Tune
Shelly Manne · Swinging Sounds
Doxy
Shelly Manne · Swinging Sounds
Jossa Bossa
Jackie McLean · High Frequency
Combined Effort
Jackie McLean · High Frequency
The Bull Frog
Jackie Mclean · High Frequency
Nishiyuu
Christine Jensen · Habitat
Summertime
Sidney Bechet · The Best of Sidney
Love For Sale
Sidney Bechet · The best of Sidney
Four In One
Steve Lacy · Reflections
Bye-Ya
Steve Lacy · Reflections
Matador
Grant Green · Matador
My Favourite Things
Grant Green · Matador
Green Jeans
Grant Green · Matador
Bedouin
Grant Green · Matador
Wives And Lovers.
Grant Green · Matador