Verve’s producer Creed Taylor took care to give Grant Green a more up-to-date musical framework, ensured that he had plenty of time in the studio, and that the stereo recording technology was the best of its day. The two themes on the A side are developed tranquilly and provide a basis for long improvisations not only by Grant Green but also by Larry Young. Here, in this soundworld, Young at last manages to throw off his “Jimmy Smith sound” and develops his own colouring. The tenor sax player Harold Vick is heard only in a few numbers: in particular he lends a new sound colouring to The Cantaloupe Woman where the interplay between wind and strings is of constant interest.
Once an “insider tip”, Grant Green has now become a “disco tip”, and the new generation is up and dancing to His Majesty King Funk. It is to be hoped that not only DJs will discover this super production from 1965, but also consumers of the year 2005 and the future.
2. Willow Weep For Me
3. The Cantaloupe Woman
4. That Lucky Old Sun
5. Daddy Grapes