Grant Green - Nigeria (Blue Note Tone Poet)
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Grant Green's 'Nigeria' is an under-recognized gem in the guitarist's remarkable Blue Note catalog. Recorded in 1962, but not first released until 1980, the album features a top-shelf band with Sonny Clark on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and, in one of his only appearances with Green, Art Blakey on drums. The groove is deep and wide right from the start on the Sonny Rollins classic 'Airegin' followed by a version of the Gershwin standard 'It Ain't Necessarily So' for the ages with Blakey stoking the fire with his powerhouse drumming and verbal shouts. Side B presents timeless renditions of 3 more standards: 'I Concentrate On You', 'The Things We Did Last Summer', and 'The Song Is You'.
Blue Note Records' Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series is produced by Joe Harley and features all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe gatefold packaging, with vinyl manufactured at RTI.