Feelin' the Spirit [RVG Edition]

Feelin' the Spirit [RVG Edition]

by Grant GreenGrant Green

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Broadening his musical palette, Grant Green detoured into a number of "theme" sessions in 1962 -- the light Latin jazz of Latin Bit; the country & western standards of Goin' West; and the best of the bunch, the old-timey gospel album Feelin' the Spirit. For Feelin' the Spirit, Green takes five traditional, public-domain African-American spirituals (plus the CD bonus track "Deep River") and gives them convincing jazz treatments in a quartet-plus-tambourine setting. Green's light touch and clear tone match very well with the reverent material, and pianist Herbie Hancock is tremendous in support, serving the needs of the music and nailing the bright gospel style perfectly. Similarly, Green's playing never gets too complicated or loses sight of the melodies, yet he never runs short of ideas -- which goes to show that Feelin' the Spirit is indeed a labor of love. Opening with a jaunty "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," Green and Hancock work up an impassioned gospel fervor on "Go Down Moses," which is loaded with soulful, bluesy trade-offs. Yet overall, the mood is fairly reflective, with Green's interpretations of "Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" pointing up the suffering and sorrow behind these standards -- with the implication that suffering still continued into 1962. That's not to say Feelin' the Spirit is a depressing album, though; it's simply infused with the spirit of the blues, which is part of the reason these songs translate so surprisingly well despite their harmonic simplicity. Green, Hancock, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins keep the grooves flowing throughout, making Feelin' the Spirit a rousingly successful experiment. [The RVG Edition of the album was remastered in 2004 by Rudy Van Gelder.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724386447128
catalogNumber: 64471
Rank: 24505

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grant Green   Primary Artist,Guitar
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Billy Higgins   Drums
Butch Warren   Bass,Double Bass
Garvin Masseaux   Tambourine

Technical Credits

Harry (Henry) Thacker Burleigh   Composer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Joe Goldberg   Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Alfred Lion   Producer,Audio Production
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Reid Miles   Cover Design
Traditional   Composer
Michael Cuscan   Reissue Producer
Gordon H. Jee   Creative Design

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