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Grant Green|Ain't It Funky Now! The Original Jam Master (Vol. 1)

Ain't It Funky Now! The Original Jam Master (Vol. 1)

Grant Green

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Ain't It Funky Now! is the third of three thematically organized Grant Green compilations in the Blue Note Original Jam Master Series -- all of which focus on his final period recording for the label, between 1969 and 1972. Green was deeply interested in popular Black music in his late period and that is reflected in these seven cuts taken from six different albums. The title track, of course, is the a read of the James Brown classic and also features Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Idris Muhammad on drums, among others. At nearly ten minutes, it's a deep-stretch groove piece with Green's guitar playing gritty and dirty center-stage. Other highlights include "Ease Back," a Meters cover from Green's Carryin' On outing, and a nasty version of the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing," with Chuck Rainey and Muhammad in the rhythm section. The set closes with a decidedly non-funky yet very soulful cover of the Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly Wow" with Wilton Felder on bass, Hall Bobby Porter on congas, and fine soprano and tenor work from Claude Bartee, Jr.. Most Green-o-philes will have all this stuff, but these comps are cheap and sequenced wonderfully.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Ain't It Funky Now (Remastered)
00:09:56

JAMES BROWN, Composer - Jimmy Lewis, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Green, MainArtist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Francis Wolff, Producer - Candido, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Idris Muhammad, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Bartee, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Riggins, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 1992 Blue Note Records

2
Ease Back (Remastered)
00:05:46

George Porter Jr., Composer - Jimmy Lewis, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Francis Wolff, Producer - Art Neville, Composer - Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Composer - Leo Nocentelli, Composer - Idris Muhammad, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Bartee, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Palmer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - William Bivens, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 1995 Blue Note Records

3
It's Your Thing (Live / Remastered)
00:09:18

Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Foster, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Kurt Lundvall, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Francis Wolff, Producer - Ronald Isley, Composer - RUDOLPH ISLEY, Composer - Ed Greene, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Blair, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Idris Muhammad, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Bartee, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - O'Kelly Isley Jr., Composer - William Bivens, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Armstrong, Conga, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

4
Love On A Two Way Street
00:04:45

Chuck Rainey, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keyes, Composer - Ray Armando, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - George Butler, Producer - Idris Muhammad, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Robinson, Composer - Emanuel Riggins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Wooten, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Let The Music Take Your Mind (Live / Remastered)
00:08:25

Dennis Thomas, Composer - Robert Bell, Composer - Robert Mickens, Composer - Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Foster, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Ronald Bell, Composer - Claydes Smith, Composer - Richard Westfield, Composer - Kurt Lundvall, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Francis Wolff, Producer - Ed Greene, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Blair, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George M Brown, Composer - Gene Redd, Composer - Idris Muhammad, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Bartee, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Bivens, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Armstrong, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Woodrow Lee Sparrow, Composer

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2004 Blue Note Records

6
I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I'll Get It Myself)/Cold Sweat (Medley)
00:05:55

JAMES BROWN, Composer - Grant Green, MainArtist - George Butler, Producer - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Composer

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 1972 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Betcha By Golly Wow (Live / Remastered)
00:07:39

Gary Coleman, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - WILTON FELDER, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - THOM BELL, Composer - Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - LINDA CREED, Composer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Williams, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - PETER DOELL, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dino Lappas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Butler, Producer - Claude Bartee, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbye Porter Hall, Percussion, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Shelton Laster, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 1997 Blue Note Records

Album Description

Ain't It Funky Now! is the third of three thematically organized Grant Green compilations in the Blue Note Original Jam Master Series -- all of which focus on his final period recording for the label, between 1969 and 1972. Green was deeply interested in popular Black music in his late period and that is reflected in these seven cuts taken from six different albums. The title track, of course, is the a read of the James Brown classic and also features Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Idris Muhammad on drums, among others. At nearly ten minutes, it's a deep-stretch groove piece with Green's guitar playing gritty and dirty center-stage. Other highlights include "Ease Back," a Meters cover from Green's Carryin' On outing, and a nasty version of the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing," with Chuck Rainey and Muhammad in the rhythm section. The set closes with a decidedly non-funky yet very soulful cover of the Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly Wow" with Wilton Felder on bass, Hall Bobby Porter on congas, and fine soprano and tenor work from Claude Bartee, Jr.. Most Green-o-philes will have all this stuff, but these comps are cheap and sequenced wonderfully.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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