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John Stein: Green Street

In this reissue of a 1997 release, Boston guitarist John Stein pays tribute to guitar great Grant Green with a collection of predominantly groove-oriented originals that recall the classic Blue Note organ quartet sound captured in those early ’60s studio dates by engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Organist Ken Clark, a gifted player in this genre, plays Big John Patton to Stein’s Green on greasy fare like “Booga Lou” (an homage to “Alligator Boogaloo” creator Lou Donaldson), the title track (a shuffle blues in the vein of Jimmy Smith’s “Back at the Chicken Shack”), “Jack’s Back” (reminiscent of Jack McDuff’s uptempo B3 anthem “Rock Candy”) and “Hotcakes” (featuring some soulful flute work by special guest David “Fathead” Newman). Newman lends his robust, smoky tenor sax to Stein’s gorgeous ballad “Our Love Will See Us Through” and switches to alto for a Johnny Hodges-inspired reading of Duke Ellington’s “Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me.”

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