Grant Green - Born To Be Blue - AudioSoundMusic
Grant Green - Born To Be Blue - AudioSoundMusic
Grant Green - Born To Be Blue - AudioSoundMusic
Grant Green - Born To Be Blue - AudioSoundMusic
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Grant Green - Born To Be Blue - AudioSoundMusic
Grant Green - Born To Be Blue - AudioSoundMusic
Grant Green - Born To Be Blue - AudioSoundMusic
Grant Green - Born To Be Blue - AudioSoundMusic

Grant Green - Born To Be Blue

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Grant Green – guitar [click here to see more vinyl featuring Grant Green]

Ike Quebec – tenor saxophone

Sonny Clark – piano  [click here to see more vinyl featuring Sonny Clark]

Sam Jones – bass

Louis Hayes – drums


1 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  RTI

Label :  Blue Note Tone Poet

Original Label :  Blue Note

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on March 1, 1962

Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

Produced by Joe Harley

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1985

Reissued in 2019


Tracks :

Side A:

    Someday My Prince Will Come

    Born To Be Blue

    If I Should Lose You


Side B:

    Back In Your Own Backyard

    My One And Only Love

    Count Every Star




Positive Feedback, 2020 Writer's Choice Award For Reissued Recordings: Jazz recording, LP


Reviews :

“Although Grant Green provided his share of groove-oriented soul-jazz and modal post-bop, his roots were hard bop, and it is in a bop-oriented setting that the guitarist excels on Born to Be Blue. Most of the material on this five-star album was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio on December 11, 1961, when Green was joined by tenor titan Ike Quebec, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. Tragically, Quebec was near the end of his life -- the distinctive saxman died of lung cancer at the age of 44 on January 16, 1963 -- but there is no evidence of Quebec's declining health on Born to Be Blue. He was playing as authoritatively as ever well into 1962, and the saxman is in fine form on hard-swinging interpretations of "Someday My Prince Will Come" and Al Jolson's "Back in Your Own Back Yard." It's interesting to hear Quebec playing bop, for his big, breathy tone was right out of swing and was greatly influenced by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. Although Quebec and Green (who was 14 years younger) had very different musical backgrounds, they were always quite compatible musically. They clearly enjoyed a strong rapport on the uptempo selections as well as ballads like "My One and Only Love" and Mel Torme's "Born to Be Blue." Originally a vinyl LP, this album was reissued on CD in 1989, when Blue Note added an alternate take of the title song and a previously unreleased version of Charlie Parker's "Cool Blues."” AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

“There was no shortage of choices in this category either led this year by the many new releases from the Blue Note vaults by Joe Harley and Tone Poet. Born to Be Blue was one of the albums Green recorded with Sonny Clark in 1961-62 that wasn't released until after his death. Sometimes it's great while listening to Grant Green to genuflect upon what stands out the most about his playing. The answer on Born to Be Blue is Green's trademark clean, clear tone and rhythmic drive that is just punctuated by all the little technical things he does and the legatos, staccatos, quarter notes, accents, etc. Another thing that always amazes me about Green is the great musicians with which he surrounded himself. Green is accompanied on Born to Be Blue with legendary tenor sax player Ike Quebec, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes doing a number of jazz standards culled from the 1920s thru the 1950s. Sadly Green died way before his time.” Myles Astor, Positive Feedback



AllMusic 4.5/5 , Discogs 4.59/5

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