Grant Green Vinyl, CD & tapes by Grant Green at Norman Records

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Grant Green

Blue Note re-issues a long-lost gem from the hard-bop era. Recorded in 1962 but not seeing the light of day until 1980, Nigeria was a masterwork from guitar legend Grant Green, recorded with a star-studded backing band that included pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Art Blakey and bassist Sam Jones and featuring inspired covers of Cole Porter and George & Ira Gershwin. 

Grant Green

Alive by American jazz guitarist Grant Green was recorded at the Cliche Lounge in Newark in 1970. Green assembled a crack team of players to get his sound across including jazz drummer Idris Muhammad. Among the tracks are the Kool & The Gang song Let The Music Take Your Mind, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Sookie Sookie, a track co-written by the legendary Steve Cropper and Down Here On The Ground which was co-written by king of 70s movie soundtrack, Lalo Schifrin. Features liner notes by the beautifully named Stanley Dance.

Grant Green
Grant’s First Stand

Though Grant’s First Stand isn’t technically the first set Grant Green taped for Blue Note - that honour goes to the recordings collected as 2001’s First Session - it was definitely the first LP that the famed jazz guitarist released through the label. On this record Green’s unusual trio (drums, organ and guitar) front their own take on the contemporaneous sounds of hard bop and balladry. The result is an album that still surprises and thrills all these years later.