Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)

Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)

by Grant Green Grant Green
Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)

Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)

by Grant Green Grant Green


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Resonance's Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) is two archival recordings in one package. Most of the first disc is devoted to an October 26, 1969 concert given at La Maison de la Radio's Studio 104, where Grant Green was supported by bassist Larry Ridley, drummer Don Lamond, and, on "I Wish You Love," guitarist Barney Kessel, while the second part of Funk in France combines four highlights from two July 1970 appearances at the Antibes Jazz Festival. While the two performances were separated by a matter of months, they're quite different in execution. The Paris concert finds Green pushing toward the funky pop-jazz hybrid he'd make his specialty in the early '70s but not quite committing to it just yet. Green doesn't hide his allegiance to funk by opening the proceedings with a percolating version of James Brown's "I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothin' (Open Up the Door and I'll Get It Myself)," a version that doesn't serve as a keynote as much as a harbinger to what came later. Apart from a loosely lyrical "Untitled Blues," Green and company are in relatively straightforward bop territory, playing two Sonny Rollins tunes and the standard "I Wish You Love" along with Antonio Carlos Jobim's "How Insensitive." It's a lively set, but understated when compared to the cooking selections from Antibes. Working with an organist and saxophonist lets Green lean into R&B, and the quartet digs in hard, spending nearly 20 minutes grooving on the original "Upshot," then extending Tommy Tucker's dance hit "Hi-Heel Sneakers" to nearly half an hour. Here, Green is woodshedding the hard jazz-funk he'd debut on Alive!, the landmark Blue Note LP he'd record just a month later, and while the performances on Funk in France are neither as pop-oriented nor hard-charging as the material there, that's also their appeal. Green has his style in place and he has the freedom to jam as long as he desires. The results aren't just mesmerizing, they're danceable.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2018
Label: Resonance Records
UPC: 0096802280443
catalogNumber: 2033
Rank: 76558


Disc 1

  1. I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothin' (Open Up the Door and I'll Get I
  2. Oleo
  3. How Insensitive
  4. Untitled Blues
  5. Sonnymoon for Two
  6. I Wish You Love
  7. Upshot

Disc 2

  1. Hurt So Bad
  2. Upshot
  3. Hi-Heel Sneakers

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grant Green   Primary Artist,Guitar
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Don Lamond   Drums
Larry Ridley   Bass
Clarence Palmer   Organ
Claude Bartee   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Wilson   Drums

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Grant Green   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Zev Feldman   Re-Release Producer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Executive Producer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
George Klabin   Executive Producer
John Koenig   Package Redesign
Robert Wilding   Composer
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Albert Beach   Composer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
André Francis   Producer

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