The Grass Roots/The Grass Is Greener

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431765722
  • Catalog Number: 7657

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One for the Masses (4:37)
  2. 2 The Descendant (3:02)
  3. 3 Stardust (4:06)
  4. 4 Uptown Hours (4:11)
  5. 5 Mrs. O (3:25)
  6. 6 Haitan Lady (4:06)
  7. 7 Shiny Stockings (4:12)
  8. 8 Grandfather's Waltz (3:34)
  9. 9 Step Lightly (4:38)
  10. 10 Mood Indigo (3:18)
  11. 11 Get Out of My Life Woman (2:44)
  12. 12 Ain't That Peculiar (2:53)
  13. 13 Soul Woman (5:19)
  14. 14 Peaches Are Better Down the Road (5:49)
  15. 15 The Yodel (6:35)
  16. 16 Cantaloupe Woman (4:39)
  17. 17 The Latter Days (3:05)
  18. 18 Rapid Shave (3:04)
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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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