Grant Green: Talkin' About J.C.


Talkin’ About J.C.


Grant Green (guitar)


Talkin’ About (Blue Note 84183)

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Grant Green (guitar), Larry Young (Khalid Yasin) (organ), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Larry Young


Recorded: New York, September 11, 1964


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Larry Young, an original voice who approached the organ more like a piano, seldom recorded in a trio setting, so it is a delight to hear him performing his John Coltrane tribute “Talkin’ About J.C.” with Grant Green and Coltrane’s drummer Elvin Jones. Young is a different sort of a foil for Green, eschewing the typical B-3 tricks – held notes, repeated phrases – in favor of pure harmonic counterpoint. The dynamic interplay between guitar and organ crescendos as the song gradually heads toward its climax, spurred by Jones’s volcanic drumming. Just three musicians, but there is a heck of a lot happening here.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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