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Grant Green, Jr.: Introducing G.G.

There must exist a soulful guitar-playing gene, and in the case of Grant Green Jr., the gene is definitely dominant. On Introducing G.G. (Jazzateria), the son of the late guitar great displays a bluesy, soul soaked single-note style that immediately call his father’s sound to mind. Indeed, junior opens Introducing G.G. with a lively rendition of “Cantaloupe Woman” a Ben Dixon tune the elder Green made a hit. Junior follows that with his father’s own “Selma March” and both tracks feature adroit contributions by Brazilian saxophonist Leo Gandelman, and “Selma March” includes a rousing solo by guest organist Reuben Wilson.

But ultimately, this is an album showcasing Green’s artistry, not his father’s. He reworked the familiar hit “People Make the World Go Round” by slowing the tempo and painting the piece in a slightly dark hue. On the spacious original “Can you Feel it” and the plaintive ballad “Deep River,” Green exhibits his considerable taste and eloquence by choosing each note carefully and demonstrating how effective a less-is-more approach can be.

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