Grant Green: The Final Comedown

Track

The Final Comedown

Artist

Grant Green (guitar)

CD

Blue Breakbeats (Blue Note 94705)

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Musicians:

Grant Green (guitar), Richard Tee (piano, organ), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Gordon Edwards (electric bass), Grady Tate (drums), Ralph MacDonald (percussion).

Composed by Wade Marcus

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Recorded: New York, December 13, 1971.

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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

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