Friday, 13 November 2009

Soul Jazz Sides

A couple of mighty fine soul jazz sides that have certainly been a big influence on my playing. A lot of jazz buff critics write off soul jazz as being 'one dimensional', just because it isn't a hang-on-to-your-hats hard bop modal arrangement that changes key every other bar. The point they're missing is that this music is all about the feeling. The minimal two chord grooves and blues turnarounds really enable the musicians to cut loose, locking it in the pocket of a solid groove - and that, for me, is what it's all about. Grant Green's tight phrasing would often introduce a measure with a guitar lick in the same way a drummer would with a fill, while his playing will always remain a big influence and something to aspire to. These two sessions are among his best soul jazz sides - I particularly like the organ trio with John Patton and Ben Dixon on Iron City!

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