Friday, September 16, 2016

Grant Green & Sonny Clark - Complete Quartets

Mosaic released a four-disc box set titled The Complete Blue Note With Sonny Clark in 1991, rounding up everything that the guitarist and pianist recorded together between 1961 and 1962. Blue Note's 1997 version of the set, The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark, trims Mosaic's collection by two discs, offering only the quartet sessions (the Ike Quebec sessions, Born to Be Blue and Blue and Sentimental, are available on individual discs). In some ways, this actually results in a more unified set, since it puts Green and Clark directly in the spotlight, with no saxophone to complete for solos, but it doesn't really matter if the music is presented as this double-disc set, the four-disc box, or the individual albums — this is superb music, showcasing the guitarist and pianist at their very best. All of the sessions are straight-ahead bop but the music has a gentle, relaxed vibe that makes it warm, intimate, and accessible. Grant and Clark's mastery is subtle — the music is so enjoyable, you may not notice the deftness of their improvisation and technique — but that invests the music with the grace, style, and emotion that distinguishes The Complete Quartets. Small group hard bop rarely comes any better than this.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Source :

Grant Green
The Complete Quartets
with Sonny Clark


Cd. 1

1 Airegin (Rollins)  7:32
2 It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin, Gershwin)  10:20
3 I Concentrate on You (Porter)  5:40
4 The Things We Did Last Summer (Cahn, Styne)  5:54
5 The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern)  7:44
6 Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (Silvers, VanHeusen)  6:20
7 Airegin [alternate take] (Rollins)  7:34
8 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  6:25
9 Shadrack (MacGimsey)  6:20
10 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  5:40


Cd. 2

1 Moon River (Mancini, Mercer)  5:34
2 Gooden's Corner (Green)  8:11
3 Two for One (Green)  7:38
4 Oleo (Rollins)  5:35
5 Little Girl Blue (Hart, Rodgers)  7:12
6 Tune-Up (Davis)  7:17
7 Hip Funk (Green)  8:35
8 My Favorite Things (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  8:28
9 Oleo [alternate take] (Rollins)  6:00


Grant Green - g
Sonny Clark - p
Sam Jones - b
Art Blakey - dr [cd1, # 1-7]
Louis Hayes - dr

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 23, 1961 [Disc I, # 8-10, Disc II, # 1-3], January 13 [Disc 1, # 1-7] and January 31 [Disc II, # 4-9], 1962


Pippo said...

Thank you Melanchthon for such cool music

analog said...

Wow, again, you keep impressing us. I LOVE the jazz guitar albums, you are the best, keep them coming!

rowgatien said...

A warm 'thank you' for these marvelous sets.

JoJoPurdie said...

One of the most impressive blogs!
Thank you very much for this good music.

Unknown said...

What a fantastic share. Thanks so much.

NYC Teen Central Writer's Club said...

fabulous thanks and happy - no too early

Jazzsoulman said...

thank you

Melanchthon said...

musician3 said...

AMAZING......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Angelo said...


kingpossum said...

Must be joking...this is an insanely awesome Grant Green post. Just when you think it can't get any better here, it does. By leaps. I've only started enjoying the Emil Gilels stuff, and now this. Crazy good. Hearty thanks.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

just fabulous! Thank you!


Simply superb!!!!!!!!!!
Once again thank you very very very much!!!!!!!!!!!

Fred Archtop said...

That's a master post, for sure; Thanks Mel !

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

In gratitude, always.

Comment Blue said...

Very appreciative of you blog. Thank you.

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

Grazie mille!!!

Gil said...

Grant Green,mon guitariste favori,merci.

Kovina Kris said...

Nice upgrade to a wonderful set. Thank you very much!