Feelin' the Spirit

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Feelin' the Spirit
Studio album by Grant Green
Released 1963
Recorded December 21, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 46:26
Label Blue Note
BST 84132
Producer Alfred Lion
Grant Green chronology
Goin' West
(1962)
Feelin' the Spirit
(1962)
Blues for Lou
(1963)
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Feelin' the Spirit is an album by jazz guitarist Grant Green originally issued on Blue Note Records as BLP 4132 and BST 84132. Consisting purely of jazz versions of African American spirituals, it is one of a series of theme records recorded by the guitarist in 1962.

From the original liner notes: "Green has made no attempt here to recreate the five spirituals he plays in anything resembling their original context, nor has he tried to duplicate their often pallid manifestation on the concert stage. He has approached them with affection, but as music to be played in his style. The result is a fascinating combination: the techniques of modern jazz, blues, and gospel, all applied to the spiritual." - Joe Goldberg

This album was remastered and reissued in Blue Note's Rudy Van Gelder Edition series on March 1, 2005.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" - 7:25
  2. "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" - 8:00
  3. "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" - 6:05
  4. "Go Down Moses" - 7:25
  5. "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" - 9:00
  6. "Deep River" (Harry Burleigh) - 8:53
  • Track 6 only available on CD.

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