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- Release Date 15 November 2019
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- Blue Note
After a prolific five-year run from 1961 to 1965, when he made more than 20 great hard-bop and soul-jazz albums for Blue Note, guitarist Grant Green took a four-year hiatus from recording. When he returned in 1969, his style had moved into funkier territory as was perfectly captured on his first-ever live album Alive! which captured a hard-driving set of jazz/funk at the Cliché Lounge in Newark, New Jersey in 1970. The band is propelled by drummer Idris Muhammad who keeps a fire burning under Green, saxophonist Claude Bartee, vibraphonist Willie Bivens, organists Ronnie Foster and Neal Creque, and Joseph Armstrong on congas. The closing track ‘Down Here On The Ground’ was famously sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for the track ‘Vibes And Stuff’ on their hip-hop classic Low End Theory.
This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.