Green Street

April 12, 2007

Nicolai Foss

As I am writing this I am listening to Grant Green’s Green Street. The two CDs that are often singled out as Grant’s best are Solid and Matador. While the sidemen are impressive, I don’t think these two CDs represent Grant’s best work. I much prefer the quartet sessions with Sonny Clark and Green Street. The latter was recorded for Blue Note in 1961, using the guitar-bass-drums format. I think (but I may be wrong here) that the only other album that Grant cut with this format was Standards, another 1961 session. Standards, though by no means bad, is a somewhat sleepy and uninspired affair, if compared to Green Street . In particular, “No.1 Green Street” cooks, and “‘Round About Midnight” is one of the most beautiful versions of that tune ever cut.

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