Grant Green: Iron City

Green was no stranger to the guitar-organ-drum format and is joined here by Big John Patton and long-time associate Ben Dixon on drums. Originally released in 1977 on the Cobblestone label, ten years after it was recorded, this mixture of funkified blues (the title track and “High Heeled Sneakers”) and spirituals (a moving “Motherless Child” and his take on “Let My People Go”) is rounded out by a spritely “Samba de Orpheus” and a cheery rendition of the Nat Adderley classic, “Work Song.” There are some very pleasant moments here, but the CD’s brief playing time limits it to diehard Green Fans.