Grass Roots/The Grass Is Greener

The Grass Roots/The Grass Is Greener

by Grassella Oliphant
     
 
This is one of the hipper two-fers Collectables has ever issued. It pairs the only two recordings drummer Grassella Oliphant ever released as a leader -- he was a solid sideman in the 1950s with Sarah Vaughan, and then later with singer Gloria Lynne and organist Shirley Scott.

Overview

This is one of the hipper two-fers Collectables has ever issued. It pairs the only two recordings drummer Grassella Oliphant ever released as a leader -- he was a solid sideman in the 1950s with Sarah Vaughan, and then later with singer Gloria Lynne and organist Shirley Scott. Both these titles were released on Atlantic. The first, The Grass Roots, features saxophonist Harold Ousley, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, and bassist Ray McKinney. It's a varied date ranging from killer groove soul-jazz such as Ousley's "One for the Masses," covers of "Stardust" and "Mood Indigo," and hard bop swingers like "The Descendant" (also written by Ousley). Oliphant's playing is delightfully understated but his contrapuntal work with Hutcherson is literally startling. Ousley's playing should be noted for its fury and tenderness, depending on the tune. His use of restraint is tentative because it allows him to bust it wide open at all the right moments with a big fat reedy tone. The second album featured here, The Grass Is Greener, is a straight-up groove date with organist John Patton, guitarist Grant Green, trumpeter Clark Terry, Major Holley on electric bass, and Ousley, who also contributes some tunes on the set. It opens with a fine cover of Allen Toussaint's "Get Out of My Life Woman," and includes a killer read of Patton and Green's "Soul Woman." The album, recorded two years after the first, is much more focused in its soul-jazz articulation. Each cut is a monster, and the LP has been sought by collectors for years. It has been sampled heavily by DJ and rap artists for good reason -- it smokes.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431765722
catalogNumber:
7657
Rank:
72149

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grassella Oliphant   Primary Artist,Drums
Grant Green   Guitar
Harold Ousley   Tenor Saxophone
Major Holley   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Ray McKinley   Bass Guitar
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Bobby Hutcherson   Vibes
Ray McKinney   Bass
Big John Patton   Organ

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Grant Green   Composer
Harold Ousley   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Clark Terry   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Frank Foster   Composer
Phil Iehle   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Producer,Audio Production
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Del Shields   Original Liner Notes
Allen Toussaint   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Marvin Israel   Cover Design
Loring Eutemey   Cover Design
Lee Friedlander   Original Cover Photography
Robert Rogers   Composer
Lasse Färnlöf   Composer
James C. Moore   Original Cover Photography
Johnny Patton   Composer

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