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Grant Green – Grantstand (1962/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grant Green – Grantstand (1962/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:42:54 minutes | 781 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Grantstand is an album by American jazz guitarist Grant Green featuring performances recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label in 1962. The CD reissue released in 1987 features one bonus track from the same session.

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Grant Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand (1965/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grant Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand (1965/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:30 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Blue Note Records
Recorded March 31, 1965 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4202 (mono) and BST 84202 (stereo)

“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

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Grant Green – Street Of Dreams (1964/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grant Green – Street Of Dreams (1964/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:35 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Blue Note Records
Recorded November 16, 1964 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4253 (mono) and BST 84253 (stereo)

“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

Street Of Dreams is Grant Green’s 1964 classic. It features fellow virtuosos Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Young and Elvin Jones. The album explores the exhilarating standards “I Wish You Love,” “Lazy Afternoon,” “Street Of Dreams” and “Somewhere In The Night.” Street Of Dreams features the band’s uncanny chemistry and delicate nuances. Absolutely essential.

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Grant Green – Green: Funk in France – Paris to Antibes (Live – Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

 

Grant Green – Green: Funk in France – Paris to Antibes (Live – Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:58:07 minutes | 7,62 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD

In partnership with the French National Audiovisual Institute (Ina), Funk in France – Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) is the first official, previously unissued live recordings of legendary guitarist Grant Green in over a decade.

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Grant Green – Grant Green, Slick! Live at Oil Can Harry’s (Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grant Green – Grant Green, Slick! Live at Oil Can Harry’s (Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:06:13 minutes | 2,25 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD

Even serious devotees will agree this recording is decidedly uncharted territory in the discography of Grant Green. Bassist Ronnie Ware shines brightly throughout and keyboardist Emmanuel Riggins mirrors Green’s guitar riffs so closely on the keyboard that sometimes it feels as if there are two guitars playing at once. Vancouver DJ and the original producer of this recording, Gary Barclay, notes in his 1975 interview with Emmanuel Riggins, “You get a sound that, if I wasn’t listening attentively, I sometimes thought you were Grant Green! (Laughs) You’ve got the sound so close to that guitar. That they were almost interchangeable.”

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Grant Green – Ballads (1961/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Grant Green – Ballads (1961/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 47:44 minutes | 879 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Ballads captures Grant Green in a mellow mood, offering something like a portrait of an artist as a young guitarist. All seven selections are from 1960 and 1961, mostly, as the liner notes state, because Green performed ballads less often as time went on (especially as a leader).

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Grant Green – Idle Moments (1963/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Grant Green – Idle Moments (1963/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:44 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Blue Note Records

Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4154 (mono) and BST 84154 (stereo)

“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

Idle Moments contains some of Grant Green’s most sublime playing, and the title track is full of elegant expressiveness that is thoroughly enjoyable.

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Grant Green – Grantstand (1962) [APO Remaster 2011] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Grant Green – Grantstand (1962) [APO Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:44 minutes | Scans included | 1,75 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 816 MB

Grant Green’s third album to be released, Grantstand teams the clear-toned guitarist with an unlikely backing group of musicians who rarely appeared with Blue Note otherwise: tenor saxophonist Yusef Lateef (who doubles on flute), organist Brother Jack McDuff, and drummer Al Harewood. Although Lateef was beginning to delve deeply into Eastern tonalities and instruments around the same time, his playing here is pretty straightforward and swinging, fitting the relaxed, bop-tinged soul-jazz that makes up most of the session. For his part, McDuff is mellower than his usual ferocious self, laying back and swinging with a blissful ease. Green contributes two bluesy originals, the nine-minute title track and the 15-minute “Blues in Maude’s Flat,” which are turned into loose, loping jams that rank as some of the best examples of Green’s ability to work an extended groove. (The CD bonus track, “Green’s Greenery,” is in much the same vein, though not as long.) Elsewhere, Green leads a delicate, sensitive exploration of “My Funny Valentine” that ended up as his greatest standard performance to date, setting the stage for a great deal more work in this vein that was soon to be forthcoming (including his brilliant sessions with Sonny Clark). Still, the groove is what reigns supreme for most of the album; if you’re looking for Green the soul-jazz groovemaster, Grantstand is an excellent place to find him.

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Grant Green – Idle Moments (1965) [Analogue Productions 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Grant Green – Idle Moments (1965) [Analogue Productions 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:12 minutes | Scans included | 2,66 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,02 GB

This languid, seductive gem may well be Grant Green’s greatest moment on record. Right from the opening bars of the classic title cut, Idle Moments is immediately ingratiating and accessible, featuring some of Green’s most stylish straight jazz playing. Whether he’s running warm (pianist Duke Pearson’s “Idle Moments”), cool (the Modern Jazz Quartet’s “Django”), or a bit more up-tempo (Pearson’s “Nomad,” his own “Jean de Fleur”), Green treats the material with the graceful elegance that was the hallmark of his best hard bop sessions, and that quality achieves its fullest expression here. He’s helped by an ensemble that, as a sextet, is slightly larger and fuller-sounding than usual, and there’s plenty of room for solo explorations on the four extended pieces. Pearson’s touch on the piano is typically warm, while two players best known on Blue Note for their modernist dates mellow out a bit — the cool shimmer of Bobby Hutcherson’s vibes is a marvelously effective addition to the atmosphere, while Joe Henderson plays with a husky, almost Ike Quebec-like breathiness. That cushion of support helps spur Green to some of the loveliest, most intimate performances of his career — no matter what the tempo, it’s as if his guitar is whispering secrets in your ear. It’s especially true on the dreamy title track, though: a gorgeous, caressing, near-15-minute excursion that drifts softly along like a warm, starry summer night. Even more than the two-disc set The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark, Idle Moments is the essential first Green purchase, and some of the finest guitar jazz of the hard bop era.

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Grant Green – Green Street (1961) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Grant Green – Green Street (1961) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:11 minutes | Artwork |2,19 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Artwork | 1,03 GB
Mastered for SACD by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering, Camarillo, CA.

As a trio, this edition of guitarist Grant Green’s many ensembles has to rank with the best he had ever fronted. Recorded on April Fool’s Day of 1961, the band and music are no joke, as bassist Ben Tucker and drummer Dave Bailey understand in the most innate sense how to support Green, lay back when needed, or strut their own stuff when called upon. Still emerging as an individualist, Green takes further steps ahead, without a pianist, saxophonist, or — most importantly — an organist. His willpower drives this music forward in a refined approach that definitely marks him as a distinctive, immediately recognizable player. It is also a session done in a period when Green was reeling in popular demand, as this remarkably is one of six recordings he cut for Blue Note as a leader in 1961, not to mention other projects as a sideman. To say his star was rising would be an understatement. The lean meatiness of this group allows all three musicians to play with little hesitation, no wasted notes, and plenty of soul. Another aspect of this studio date is the stereo separation of Green’s guitar in one speaker, perhaps not prevalent in modern recordings, but very much in use then. Check out the atypical (for Green) ballad “‘Round About Midnight,” as the guitarist trims back embellishments to play this famous melody straight, with a slight vibrato, occasional trills, and a shuffled bridge. The trio cops an attitude similar to Dizzy Gillespie for the introduction to “Alone Together,” with clipped melody notes and a bass filler from Tucker. Three of Green’s originals stamp his personal mark on rising original soulful post-bop sounds, as “No. 1 Green Street” has basic B-flat, easy-grooving tenets similar to his previously recorded tune “Miss Ann’s Tempo.” Two interesting key changes and chord accents identify the outstanding “Grant’s Dimensions” beyond its core bop bridge and jam configuration — not the least of which contains a hefty bass solo from the criminally underrated Tucker and Bailey trading fours. “Green with Envy” should be familiar to fans of Horace Silver, as it is almost identically based on the changes of “Nica’s Dream,” a neat adaptation full of stop-starts and stretched-out improvising over ten minutes. (The alternate take of this one on the expanded CD reissue is a full two minutes shorter.) If this is not a definitive jazz guitar trio, they have not yet been born, and Green Street stands as one of Grant Green’s best recordings of many he produced in the ten prolific years he was with the Blue Note label.

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