Grant Green – The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
When I’m writing, I’ve been known to listen to this collection on repeat for literally hours at a time. I just can’t get enough of it. It just leaps out of speakers and into your ears, where it plants, waters, and grows total groovy joy and abandon.
I don’t know that Grant Green has ever been better than he is here, which means jazz guitar itself has rarely been better, and the sonic connection between he and Clark is just dynamite.
It’s obviously only one iteration of what jazz is capable of being, but with regards to what this is, this is as good as it gets. And what a delight it is to fully feel the sound of musicians enjoying one another, pushing one another, responding to one another, lifting one another … The collaborative, interactive art of jazz improvisation gets a brilliant representation here …