Grant Green: Windjammer
Grant Green (guitar)
Live at the Lighthouse (Blue Note 93381)
Grant Green (guitar),
Claude Bartee (soprano and tenor saxes), Shelton Laster (organ), Gary Coleman (vibes), Wilton Felder (bass), Greg Williams (drums), Bobbye Porter Hall (congas, percussion).
Composed by Neal Creque.
Recorded: Hermosa Beach, CA, April 21, 1972
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Grant Green plays mostly rhythm guitar throughout this track, but it becomes the lead instrument anyway as he stays in the pocket with the rest of the band on this lengthy live cut. In an apparent race to the finish, the group grabs hold of a single chord as solos fly. Head-bopping drum patterns slay alongside a pumping bass and never let go, while both the sax and guitar rev up awesome leads. Green's own playing finds no precedent. More restrained than George Benson, yet less reserved than Joe Pass, he fills the middle ground between both players.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary