Grant Green – Alive!

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Alive! is an album by American jazz guitarist Grant Green featuring a performance recorded at the Cliche Lounge in Newark, New Jersey in 1970 and released on the Blue Note label. The album was Green’s first official live recording. The CD reissue in 1993 added three bonus tracks.

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 4 stars and stated “Alive! is the hardest funk LP Grant Green recorded during the later phase of his career… this is the most convincing and consistent Green had been as a funkster and, while nearly all of his albums from the early ’70s feature at least some worthwhile material for acid jazz and beat-sampling junkies, Alive! is probably the best place to start”.

Track listing:
“Let the Music Take Your Mind” (Kool & the Gang, Gene Redd) – 8:42
“Time To Remember” (Neal Creque) – 11:19
Band introduction by Buddy Green – 0:32
“Sookie, Sookie” (Don Covay, Steve Cropper) – 11:10
“Down Here on the Ground” (Gale Garnett, Lalo Schifrin) – 6:45

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

“Hey, Western Union Man” (Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 7:46
“It’s Your Thing” (Ronald Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley) – 9:17
“Maiden Voyage” (Herbie Hancock) – 10:58

Grant Green – guitar
Claude Bartee – tenor saxophone
Willie Bivens – vibes
Neal Creque (tracks 2 & 5), Ronnie Foster (tracks 1, 4 & 6–8) – organ
Idris Muhammad – drums
Joseph Armstrong – congas
Buddy Green – announcer


Released: 1970
Recorded: August 15, 1970
Venue: Cliche Lounge, Newark, New Jersey
Length: 36:45
Label: Blue Note
Producer: Francis Wolff