Grant Green – The Main Attraction (Full Album)

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The Main Attraction is an album by American jazz guitarist Grant Green featuring performances recorded in 1976 and released on the Kudu label.

AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek:
Typically, Grant Green’s final album as a leader gets a bum rap. While it’s true that this isn’t one of Green’s best records, it’s not by any means his worst. The band here is large, and the set concentrates on groove rather than guitar flashiness. But what the hell did Green have left to prove? The Main Attraction was produced by Creed Taylor and conducted and arranged by David Matthews. This set includes only three tracks: the nearly 20-minute title track and a pair of other Matthews cuts, “Future Feature” and “Creature.” Oh yeah, you get it, the movie themes. Well, don’t let the cheesy cover and dumb cut titles keep you from enjoying this solid groover. Green is supported by guitarist Steve Khan, Don Grolnick on keyboards, Hubert Laws on flute, Joe Farrell and Michael Brecker on saxophones, Jon Faddis and Burt Collins on trumpets, drummer Andy Newman, and bassist Will Lee, just to name a few of the players on this slab. While it’s also true that these jams sound a bit dated with the phase shifters on the rhythm guitars, it doesn’t hurt the punchy, funky soul-jazz riffing any. The title track is the strongest, featuring smoking solos by Green and Laws, and glorious fills by Grolnick. It’s so long that it becomes hypnotic to the point that you’ll think you’re still hearing it well into “Future Feature,” the last cut. “Creature,” with Grolnick’s impressionistic and heavily reverbed electric piano (à la “500 Hundred Miles High”), is a slinky, slow-moving blues tune that slips and slithers around a pair of keyboard figures and Laws’ flute before Green reaches in and claims the show. Again, this is solid and greasy soul for another ten-and-a-half minutes. Contrary to jazz critics’ opinions, Green had nothing to be ashamed of on Main Attraction. If funky ’70s soul-jazz is your thing, you won’t go wrong with this one (http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-main-attraction-mw0000659887).

Track listing:
“The Main Attraction” (Don Grolnick, Steve Khan, Will Lee, David Matthews, Andy Newmark) – 19:35
“Future Feature” (Matthews) – 7:47
“Creature” (Grant Green) – 10:20

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey in March 1976 with additional recording at A&R Studios, NYC

Personnel:
Grant Green – guitar
Burt Collins, Jon Faddis – trumpet
Sam Burtis – trombone
Hubert Laws – flute
Michael Brecker, Joe Farrell – tenor saxophone
Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone
Don Grolnick – electric piano, clavinet
Steve Khan – rhythm guitar
Will Lee – electric bass
Andy Newmark – drums
Carlos Charles – conga, percussion
Sue Evans – percussion
Dave Matthews – arranger, conductor

Released: 1976
Recorded: March 1976
Label: Kudu
Producer: Creed Taylor

 

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