Grant Green – Matador [Limited Edition] (2015)

Artist: Grant Green
Title Of Album: Matador
Year Of Release: 2015 [1965]
Label (Catalog#): Music Matters/Blue Note [84442]
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps
Time: 42:08 min
Full Size: 101 mb

1. Matador
2. My Favorite Things
3. Green Jeans
4. Bedouin

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.

McCoy Tyner (piano) Grant Green (guitar) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Elvin Jones (drums)

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