Grant Green – Street Of Dreams (1964/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:35 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | @ Blue Note Records
Recorded November 16, 1964 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4253 (mono) and BST 84253 (stereo)
“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.
Street Of Dreams is Grant Green’s 1964 classic. It features fellow virtuosos Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Young and Elvin Jones. The album explores the exhilarating standards “I Wish You Love,” “Lazy Afternoon,” “Street Of Dreams” and “Somewhere In The Night.” Street Of Dreams features the band’s uncanny chemistry and delicate nuances. Absolutely essential.
Grant Green’s second session with organist Larry Young, Street of Dreams brings back drummer Elvin Jones and adds Bobby Hutcherson on vibes for a mellow, dreamy album that lives up to its title. There are only four selections, all standards and all around eight to ten minutes long, and the musicians approach them as extended mood pieces, creating a marvelously light, cool atmosphere that’s maintained throughout the record. Hutcherson is the perfect addition for this project, able to blend in with the modal advancement of the rest of the ensemble while adding his clear, shimmering tone to the overall texture of the album. All the musicians play with a delicate touch that’s quite distinct from the modal soul-jazz on Talkin’ About; it’s not so much romantic as thoughtful and introspective, floating along as if buoyed by clouds. There aren’t really any fireworks or funky grooves, as the music is all of a piece, which makes it difficult to choose the highlights from French songwriter Charles Trenet’s “I Wish You Love,” “Lazy Afternoon,” the title track, or “Somewhere in the Night.” It’s another fine record in a discography filled with them, and yet another underrated Green session.
01 – I Wish You Love
02 – Lazy Afternoon
03 – Street Of Dreams
04 – Somewhere In The Night
Recording by RUDY VAN GELDER.
Mastered by BERNIE GRUNDMAN, 2013.
Grant Green – guitar
Bobby Hutcherson – vibes
Larry Young – organ
Elvin Jones – drums