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Album · 1970

Filed under Soul Jazz
By GRANT GREEN

Tracklist

A1 Ain't It Funky Now 9:57
A2 A Day In The Life 8:55
B1 The Windjammer 5:40
B2 I'll Never Fall In Love Again 6:40
B3 Dracula 6:03

Total Time: 37:34

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Jimmy Lewis
Bongos – Richard Lendrum
Congas – Candido Camero
Drums – Idris Muhammad
Guitar – Grant Green
Organ – Emanuel Riggins , Earl Neal Creque (tracks: B1)
Tenor Saxophone – Claude Bartee
Trumpet – Blue Mitchell

About this release

Blue Note ‎– BST 84342 (US)

Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on January 30, 1970

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js
Green is Beautiful” is a transitional album for Grant Green as it finds him moving more from the hard bop of his early career and more towards a funk/RnB sound. Like a lot of soul jazz LPs form this era. ‘Beautiful’ is kind of hit and miss with about one half good RnB jazz grooves, and about one half pop ditties that are forgettable. Side one opens with a cover of James Brown’s “Aint it Funky Now”, and it’s a solid cooker with great solos from the whole crew, including saxophonist Claude Bartee, who might remind some of Eddie Harris. This side closes out with the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”. This song was popular with soul jazz musicians, but it never works well. Although it’s a good song in its original format, the different changes in the arrangement don’t lend itself very well to jazz or RnB solos.

Side two opens with another JB’s style groove, “The Windjammer”, which is followed by a very lackluster “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”. I’m not sure whose idea it was to include this very cheesy pop song, but it sticks out like the sorest of thumbs. It’s a bad song to begin with and there is no way to save it, or make it better. The album closes with the best track, “Dracula”, another funk number and one of the few tracks with a very strong melody. If you keep the three best tracks on “Green is Beautiful”, you have a decent funk jazz album, albeit one that mostly sounds like a jam session. It doesn’t hurt that Green in his crew know how to turn in hot solos over an infectious groove.

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