Introducing G.G. – Grant Green Jr.
I'm curious. You're curious. We're all curious to hear musical lineage
manifest itself on Introducing G.G, as the titular G.G. is the son
of the legendary jazz master Grant Green. And manifest itself it does.
What I do know is that Grant Green Jr. lays down some nasty riffs
and plays above a band that secures the music nicely into that pocket of
head-bopping, jazz funk. The first track a cover of "Cantaloupe Woman", a
song also in the elder Green's repertoire has extremely punchy
guitar leads interwoven into the masterful drumming of Gintas Jausonis. Ever
heard of him? You will. I promise.
Green's take on his father's "Selma March," follows a regimented rhythm while Reuben Wilson lays
down some swingin' organ that will make any fan of the Hammond slip. Several
tracks on the record feature both Rhodes and Hammond — the peanut butter
and jelly of the funk world.
Green is formidable on the six string. I am not a big fan of jazz
guitar at all, and only a few guitarists can really blow me out of the
water. Green (and his father) are in the category that keep their
riffs short and sweet and never wander into that large, empty warehouse of
notes that Metheny and Montgomery own.
Green's record has that feel of late '60s Blue Note recordings. It sounds
perhaps a little polished, in need of a little more edge on his sound. There
is no doubt that guitar-slinging jazz fans will love this record because it
stays true to the genre. It brings back a sound that hasn't been accurately
replicated in quite some time.