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By DOUGLAS PAYNE Published: April 1, 1998 For guitarist Grant Green (1931-79), the years between 1965 and 1969 were lost in a battle with drugs. His graceful, easily identifiable single note phrases had caught many listeners’ attention with a wide variety of excellent Blue Note dates between 1960 and 1965. Seemingly able to master any style, he never once diminished ...

This two CD collection was originally released as part of Blue Note’s 60th Anniversary boxed set. Jimmy Smith, who was signed by Alfred Lion after he saw just one of Smith’s shows, sets the pace for this chronicle of the organ fever of soul jazz. Other great organists featured include John Patton, Larry Young, and Freddie Roach. Aggressive and funky, ...

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