Monday, March 7, 2011

Grant Green - Live at the Lighthouse

Some of Grant Green's hottest moments as a jazz-funk bandleader came on his live records of the era, which were filled with extended, smoking grooves and gritty ensemble interplay. Live at the Lighthouse makes a fine companion piece to the excellent Alive!, though there are some subtle differences which give the album its own distinct flavor. For starters, the average track length is even greater, with four of the six jams clocking in at over 12 minutes. That makes it easy to get lost in the grooves as the musicians ride and work them over. What's more, the rhythmic foundation of the group is noticeably altered. Live at the Lighthouse is one of the few Green albums of the period not to feature loose-limbed funky drummer Idris Muhammad, and his spare, booming sound and direct James Brown inspiration give way to the busy, bubbling, frequently up-tempo polyrhythms of drummer Greg Williams and extra percussionist Bobbye Porter Hall. They push the rest of the group to cook up a storm on tracks like "Windjammer" (which is taken at a madly up-tempo pace compared to the version on Green Is Beautiful), Donald Byrd's modal piece "Fancy Free" (which features some of Green's best soloing of the date), and organist Shelton Laster's soulful original "Flood in Franklin Park." Laster winds up as probably the most impassioned soloist, breaking out of the pocket for some spiralling, hard-swinging flights. For his part, Green works the grooves with the ease of a soul-jazz veteran used to the concept. The results make Live at the Lighthouse one of his best, most organic jazz-funk outings. [The CD reissue excises four spoken DJ intros from the original double LP in order to fit all the music on one disc.] - by Steve Huey, AMG

Artist: Grant Green
Album: Live at the Lighthouse
Year: 1972
Label: Blue Note (20-bit SBM, 1998)
Runtime: 71:08

Tracks:
1.  Introduction by Hank Stewart 2:30 
2.  Windjammer (Neal Qreque) 12:15
3.  Betcha by Golly, Wow (Thom Bell / Linda Creed) 7:41
4.  Fancy Free (Donald Byrd) 14:44
5.  Flood in Franklin Park (Shelton Laster) 15:00
6.  Jan Jan (Miles Davis) 12:18
7.  Walk in the Night (Johnny Bristol / Marilyn McLeod) 6:37

Personnel:
Grant Green (Guitar)
Claude Bartee (Soprano and Tenor Saxophone)
Gary Coleman (Vibraphone)
Shelton Laster (Organ)
Wilton Felder (Bass Guitar)
Greg Williams (Drums)
Bobbye Porter Hall (Congas, Percussion)

7 comments:

  1. Many thanks for the upgrade.

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  2. very nice indeed!!!

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  3. See the "About me" section.

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  4. Gracias. Thank You. Saludos desde la Patagonia Argentina. Regards from Patagonia Argentina.
    Jorge

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  5. rs links work only..., but the first part of the archive is doubled

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