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Once again he's supported by the excellent rhythm section of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation) that formed its bond with the great Johnny Griffin as well as, later Bill Charlap. Some of the tunes are named for heroes of Green, like "Kenny Drew," "Jackie McLean," and "Harold Land," but even when they don't specifically invoke an individual, they bask in the sound of hard bop's golden era of the 50s. The opening track, "Benny's Crib," for example, harks straight back to the vintage sound of Blue Note (and references the Sonny Clark tune "Sonny's Crib"). There's nothing novel or new about Green's playing here—just more of the same rhythmically exhilarating, blues-drenched, and technically precise work he's been churning out for decades—but since most of the remaining figures from the era he celebrates don't play with the same snap and concision and most contemporaries lack his sense of economy, Green provides a valuable service. He plays the Jazz Showcase Thursday through Sunday, performing with bassist Washington and drummer David Wong.
Below you can check out the Monkish "Paraphrase," so titled for the way it clips its melodic line from Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing."
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