Grant Green - Feelin' The Spirit (Blue Note Tone Poet)
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Grant Green was Feelin' The Spirit on this deeply soulful 1962 session that is a sibling of sorts to the great guitarist's sanctified 1961 album Sunday Mornin'. Feelin' The Spirit, which was the 13th album the remarkably prolific artist recorded during his first two years on the label, found Green interpreting a set of five African-American spirituals - "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho", "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", "Go Down Moses" and "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child".
Joining him was a state-of-the-art modern jazz lineup featuring Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums, with Garvin Masseaux on tambourine. In the original liner notes, writer Joe Goldberg notes that Green approaches these songs "with affection, but as music to be played in his style. The result is a fascinating combination: the techniques of modern jazz, blues, and gospel, all applied to the spiritual."
This stereo Blue Note Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.
- Just A Closer Walk With Thee
- Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho
- Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
- Go Down Moses
- Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child