Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Live recorded jazz at its best

I've been listening to a wonderful, double album the past couple of days.
"UP AT 'MINTON'S'" is a 1961 live recording that pairs tenor saxophone player STANLEY TURRENTINE and his quartet with the excellent guitarist GRANT GREEN.
It's a rewarding musical experience.
Turrentine sheds light on the venue and the creation of the album in Sharony Andrews Green's book about her guitarist father-in-law, "Grant Green: Rediscovering the Forgotten Genius of Jazz Guitar:"
"At the time, I was working with a quartet, Horace Parlan, George Tucker and Al Harewood. And Alfred Lion said, 'Hey man, I'm really interested in doing a live date, a record date at Minton's.' He said, 'Have you heard about Grant Green?' I had already met Grant Green and jammed with him a lot of times at Wells, and he came into Minton's and sat in a lot of times. I was really familiar with him. So I said, 'Solid.' And it turned out real nice. It was a lot of fun. It was packed. It was always packed. At Minton's, you'd never know who would stop by. Miles would drop in. Everybody, Dizzy, Monk, all of them, would be dropping by. Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, everybody was there. That was the place where all the jazz musicians hung out and they jammed."


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