Grant Green: A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life
Grant Green (guitar)
Green Is Beautiful (Blue Note 28265)
Claude Bartee (tenor sax), Earl Neal Creque (organ), Jimmy Lewis (bass), Candido Camero (congas), Richie Landrum (bongos).
Composed by Lennon/McCartney.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 30, 1970
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Other prominent soul-jazz guitarists hitched onto the Beatles train (e.g., Wes Montgomery's 1967 A Day in the Life and George Benson's 1969 The Other Side of Abbey Road), but this Grant Green recording tops those efforts by his pop-minded compatriots. Whereas Benson and Montgomery were suffocated by Don Sebesky's infamously fluffy arrangements, Green's multi-sectioned version of "A Day in the Life" is poppy yet still raw and funky. Unlike Paul McCartney, Green doesn't drag a comb across his head while rushing to catch the bus, but instead starts his day with a relaxing soul-food breakfast and a tall glass of groove juice as he and Creque share melodic duties in the roles of John Lennon and Sir Paul, respectively. A weighty, minor horn interlude introduces the blowing section, which features King Funk Idris Muhammad's heavy pocket groove and cooking solos by Green, Bartee, and Creque. "A Day in the Life" was one of the Beatles' most epic tunes, and Green & Co. do it justice.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic