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The Evolution of Grant Green's Funk (Funk in France/Slick! Live at Oil Can Harry's)

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Published on Apr 16, 2018

Two Never-Before-Issued Albums from Guitar Legend Grant Green / Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) & Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's

Release Date: 4/21/18 (*3LP & 2LP Record Store Day Exclusive) and Deluxe CD Sets Available 5/25/18.




Resonance Records - http://bit.ly/2tq5CM0

In partnership with the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA), FUNK IN FRANCE: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) is the first official, previously unissued live recordings of legendary guitarist Grant Green in over a decade. This deluxe 2CD & 3LP set brings together a collection of recordings of Green captured at the ORTF studios in Paris on October 26, 1969 with bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Don Lamond, also including jazz guitar legend Barney Kessel comping behind Green on the beautiful “I Wish You Love;” plus full concert recordings from June 18 and 20, 1970 at the Antibes Jazz Festival featuring saxophonist Claude Bartee and organist Clarence Palmer, who both played on Green’s classic 1969 Blue Note album Carryin’ On, and drummer Billy Wilson. The ORTF studio session was taped for a radio broadcast produced by legendary French producer André Francis, and the Antibes recording was taped less than a month before Green’s first live release Alive! on Blue Note Records. Both performances showcase Green’s early transition to a heavier, funkier sound as he entered the 1970s. This is the first time any of these songs from the Carryin’ On and Iron City albums are being made available as live performances and represent his earliest live recording as a leader. The 48-page booklet for Funk in France includes essays by the renowned Blue Note Records discographer, writer and executive producer of this album Michael Cuscuna, along with producer Zev Feldman of Resonance and Pascal Rozat of Ina; interviews with Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, the legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, Grant Green’s eldest son Greg Green (aka Grant Green Jr.) and the organist from the Antibes concerts, Clarence Palmer; plus memorabilia and previously unpublished photos by French photographers Christian Rose and Jean-Pierre Leloir taken at the ORTF studio 104 and Antibes Jazz Festival, as well as jazz photography icon Chuck Stewart.

SLICK! - Live at Oil Can Harry’s is a never-before-released recording from jazz guitar great Grant Green captured live on September 5, 1975 at a popular club in Vancouver, BC Canada called Oil Can Harry’s. Featuring a primarily Detroit-based band with Emmanuel Riggins (father of drummer Karriem Riggins) on electric piano, Ronnie Ware on bass, drummer Greg “Vibrations” Williams (Jack McDuff, Lou Donaldson) and Gerald Izzard on percussion, Slick!’s centerpiece is the over 30 minute funk exploration medley of Stanley Clarke’s “Vulcan Princess,” “Skin Tight” by the Ohio Players, Bobby Womack’s “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “Boogie On Reggae Woman” by Stevie Wonder and “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays. This recording was originally broadcast on CHQM-FM and has been transferred from the original 10” reels to reveal a sterling sonic experience. Aside from Resonance’s companion release Funk in France, being released simultaneously with this recording, this is only the 4th live recording released of the under-appreciated jazz guitar hero. Recorded 3 years after the classic Live at the Lighthouse album that came out on Blue Note in 1972, this marks the latest known official live Grant Green recording on CD and LP. For Slick!, Resonance has assembled an exhaustive 48-page booklet including essays by noted music journalist A. Scott Galloway, Vancouver DJ and Gary Barclay and Resonance producer Zev Feldman; interviews with Detroit jazz guitar legend Perry Hughes (in conversation with guitarist Jacques Lesure, a fellow Detroit native), Grant Green’s eldest son Greg Green (aka Grant Green Jr.), drummer Greg “Vibrations” Williams, as well as excerpts from archival interviews conducted by Gary Barclay with Grant Green and Emmanuel Riggins in September of 1975. The package also features a number of previously unpublished photos taken during the Oil Can Harry’s engagement by Vancouver- based photographer Gerry Nairn.

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