The Jazz Show Episode February 7, 2011

Broadcast on 07-Feb-2011

9:00pm - 12:00am

Guitar master Grant Green and Wes Montgomery were two of the most influential voices of their instrument in the 1960's. They seemed to come out of nowhere to Jazz fame and in a way they did. Both honed their skills in their respective home towns...Montgomery in Indianapolis and Green in St. Louis. Cannonball Adderley discovered Wes and brought him to the attention of Riverside Records honcho Orrin Keepnews and Green was discovered by Lou Donaldson who brought him to the attention of Alfred Lion of Blue Note Records. Green's albums for Blue Note from the early 60's are many and all are worth hearing. Tonight's Feature is a most relaxed date where Green and company perform just four standards that have not been played to death.
"Street of Dreams" by Victor Young is the title track, Charles Trenet's "I Wish You Love" is heard along with "Lazy Afternoon" and the old theme from the famous TV series "Naked City" called "Somewhere in the Night". The players all sound like a working band even though they were assembled just for this record date......they were all on the same page stylistically. Along with Grant Green, we have a then new star on the scene, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Larry Young on organd and Elvin Jones on drums. The album is relaxed and quite mellow but is so creative and interesting that you'll be surprised as to how quickly it's over. That's a sign of a good record! Enjoy Mr. Green and company. The fire burns low but with an intensity and swing that is captivating.

Track Listing:

So Long Eric
Charles Mingus · My Favourite Quintet
Cocktails For Two
Tony's Blues
Tony Fruscella · Live
I'll Be Seeing You
Tony Fruscella · Tony Fruscella!
Blue Serenade
His Master's Voice
Old Hat
Let's Play The Blues
I Have A Dream
Herbie Hancock · The Prisoner
Good Bait
John Coltrane · Soultrane.
I Wish You Love
Grant Green · Street Of Dreams
Lazy Afternoon
Street of Dreams
Somewhere in the Night.
Red's Good Groove.
Red Garland · Red's Good Groove