Grant Green Slick!: Live at Oil Can Harry's
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- Released: May 25, 2018
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Resonance Records
- 1.Now's the Time
- 2.How Insensitive (Insensatez)
- 3.Medley: Vulcan Princess / Skin Tight / Woman's Gotta Have It / Boogie on Reggae Woman / For the Love of Money
Personnel: Grant Green (guitar); Emmanuel Riggins (electric piano); Greg Williams (drums); Gerald Izzard (percussion).
Recording information: Oil Can Harry's, Vancouver, Canada (09/05/1975).
Editor: John Koenig.
Resonance's Slick! Live at Oil Can Harry's presents recordings made on September 5, 1975 at the Vancouver, British Columbia club Oil Can Harry's. Grant Green spent much of his final years on the road, but after he left Blue Note in 1974 he wasn't recorded much: just two other records, both studio sessions. Slick! represents his latest-known live recording, and it undercuts the conventional wisdom that the guitarist frittered away his final years. Supported by Ronnie Ware on bass, Emmanuel Riggins on electric piano, drummer Greg Williams, and percussionist Gerald Izzard, Green is thoroughly within his jazz-funk groove, as he bends Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time" to fit his new style. "Now's the Time" finds a counterpart in a lovely, relaxed version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "How Insensitive," which rides its mellow rhythms for upwards of 30 minutes. Still, the centerpiece -- and perhaps the best indication of how Green worked in the latter stages of his career -- is a half-hour medley blending Stanley Clarke's "Vulcan Princess," the Ohio Players' "Skin Tight," Bobby Womack's "Woman's Gotta Have It," Stevie Wonder's "Boogie on Reggae Woman," and the O'Jays' "For the Love of Money." Here, there are no borders between jazz, R&B, bop, and funk, and it not only cooks, but the solos by Green and Riggins are dexterous and surprising, lending Slick! real substance in addition to being a funky good time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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