Grant Green: Ain't It Funky Now
Ain't It Funky Now
Grant Green (guitar)
Green Is Beautiful (Blue Note 28265)
Claude Bartee (tenor sax), Earl Neal Creque (organ), Jimmy Lewis (bass), Richie Landrum (bongos).
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 30, 1970
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
This is the ultimate rare groove—true funk perfection. The undemanding harmony forces the focus onto the rhythm, which is gritty, commanding, thick and multi-layered with flawless auxiliary percussion. Check out Idris Muhammad’s slammin’ drum breaks between 0:59 and 1:11—wow!! During his funk phase, Green limited himself to blues pentatonics and a finite number of licks. He uses them brilliantly here, however, constructing the most exciting solo in his funk catalog. Bartee and Mitchell contribute sizzling improvisations that are so smart and melodic they are actually catchier and more singable than the melody itself. Infectious and powerful, this is unquestionably a “must have” recording, and it is guaranteed that one listen will not be enough.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic