Grant Green: The Final Comedown
The Final Comedown
Grant Green (guitar)
Blue Breakbeats (Blue Note 94705)
Composed by Wade Marcus.
Recorded: New York, December 13, 1971.
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
As a soundtrack song from a 1972 blaxploitation movie of the same name, “The Final Comedown” isn’t really a song; it’s a one-chord vamp. But like the best vintage funk-jazz pieces of the late-sixties and early seventies, this one’s deep in the pocket. Green doesn’t clutter up the groove with too many notes, and without a pick, he can still pluck whole chords cleanly. Even where he smoothly inserts slightly bent single notes, his guitar become one with that well-oiled rhythm.
Given only a single chord and three and a half minutes to work with, the later-period Grant Green was still capable of making so much out of so little.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron
Tags: 1970s jazz