Grant Green, Talkin’ About!

Phil Freeman

By Phil Freeman

on 07.20.11 in Reviews

Talkin' About

Grant Green

The organ trio (organ, guitar and drums) is the bedrock of soul jazz, but in the hands of particularly talented players, it can become much more than a vehicle for funky grooves. On this album, Grant Green, a master of stinging, bluesy guitar with a sharply electric tone, is teamed with the adventurous organist Larry Young. Young would eventually become one of the freest, most avant-garde jazz organists of the ’60s; here, he was moving away from groove-grinding and into a more abstract, modal zone. Behind the two men, Elvin Jones keeps a steady, swinging and sometimes rockin’ rhythm.