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Born To Be Blue

Grant Green

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Although Grant Green provided his share of groove-oriented soul-jazz and modal post-bop, his roots were hard bop, and it is in a bop-oriented setting that the guitarist excels on Born to Be Blue. Most of the material on this five-star album was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio on December 11, 1961, when Green was joined by tenor titan Ike Quebec, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. Tragically, Quebec was near the end of his life -- the distinctive saxman died of lung cancer at the age of 44 on January 16, 1963 -- but there is no evidence of Quebec's declining health on Born to Be Blue. He was playing as authoritatively as ever well into 1962, and the saxman is in fine form on hard-swinging interpretations of "Someday My Prince Will Come" and Al Jolson's "Back in Your Own Back Yard." It's interesting to hear Quebec playing bop, for his big, breathy tone was right out of swing and was greatly influenced by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. Although Quebec and Green (who was 14 years younger) had very different musical backgrounds, they were always quite compatible musically. They clearly enjoyed a strong rapport on the uptempo selections as well as ballads like "My One and Only Love" and Mel Torme's "Born to Be Blue." Originally a vinyl LP, this album was reissued on CD in 1989, when Blue Note added an alternate take of the title song and a previously unreleased version of Charlie Parker's "Cool Blues."
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1
Someday My Prince Will Come
Grant Green
00:06:28

Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Morey, Author - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Churchill, Composer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Blue Note Records Release; ℗ 1962 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Born To Be Blue
Grant Green
00:04:54

Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mel TORME, Composer - Robert Wells, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1962 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Born To Be Blue Alternate Take
Grant Green
00:04:40

Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mel TORME, ComposerLyricist - Robert Wells, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Blue Note Records Release; ℗ 1989 Capitol Records, LLC

4
If I Should Lose You
Grant Green
00:06:04

Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Robin, Composer - Ralph Rainger, Composer - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Blue Note Records Release; ℗ 1962 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Back In Your Own Back Yard
Grant Green
00:08:03

Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Rose, Composer - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Al Jolson, Composer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DAVE DREYER, Composer

A Blue Note Records Release; ℗ 1962 Capitol Records, LLC

6
My One And Only Love
Grant Green
00:05:48

Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Mellin, Composer - Guy Wood, Composer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Blue Note Records Release; ℗ 1962 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Count Every Star
Ike Quebec
00:06:19

Grant Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sammy Gallop, Composer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bruno Andre Coquatrix, Composer - Bernard Paul Michel, Composer

A Blue Note Records Release; ℗ 1962 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Cool Blues
Grant Green
00:07:57

Grant Green, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Parker, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Blue Note Records Release; ℗ 1989 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Outer Space
Grant Green
00:08:43

Grant Green, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Jones, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Quebec, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Blue Note Records Release; ℗ 1962 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Although Grant Green provided his share of groove-oriented soul-jazz and modal post-bop, his roots were hard bop, and it is in a bop-oriented setting that the guitarist excels on Born to Be Blue. Most of the material on this five-star album was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio on December 11, 1961, when Green was joined by tenor titan Ike Quebec, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. Tragically, Quebec was near the end of his life -- the distinctive saxman died of lung cancer at the age of 44 on January 16, 1963 -- but there is no evidence of Quebec's declining health on Born to Be Blue. He was playing as authoritatively as ever well into 1962, and the saxman is in fine form on hard-swinging interpretations of "Someday My Prince Will Come" and Al Jolson's "Back in Your Own Back Yard." It's interesting to hear Quebec playing bop, for his big, breathy tone was right out of swing and was greatly influenced by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. Although Quebec and Green (who was 14 years younger) had very different musical backgrounds, they were always quite compatible musically. They clearly enjoyed a strong rapport on the uptempo selections as well as ballads like "My One and Only Love" and Mel Torme's "Born to Be Blue." Originally a vinyl LP, this album was reissued on CD in 1989, when Blue Note added an alternate take of the title song and a previously unreleased version of Charlie Parker's "Cool Blues."
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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