I Want to Hold Your Hand (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I Want to Hold Your Hand
I Want to Hold Your Hand (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedLate May 1966[1]
RecordedMarch 31, 1965
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Grant Green chronology
Street of Dreams
I Want to Hold Your Hand
His Majesty King Funk

I Want to Hold Your Hand is an album by American jazz guitarist Grant Green featuring performances recorded in 1965 and released on the Blue Note label.[2] Featuring jazz arrangements of pop songs (including the title track by The Beatles), Green is supported by organist Larry Young and drummer Elvin Jones from his previous sessions, along with tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

The AllMusic review by Steve Huey states, "Even with all the straightforward pop overtones of much of the material, the quartet's playing is still very subtly advanced, both in its rhythmic interaction and the soloists' harmonic choices. Whether augmented by an extra voice or sticking to the basic trio format, the Green/Young/Jones team produced some of the most sophisticated organ/guitar combo music ever waxed, and I Want to Hold Your Hand is the loveliest of the bunch".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 7:23
  2. "Speak Low" (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash) – 7:14
  3. "Stella by Starlight" (Victor Young, Ned Washington) – 6:29
  4. "Corcovado (Quiet Nights)" (Antônio Carlos Jobim) – 5:59
  5. "This Could Be the Start of Something" (Steve Allen) – 7:08
  6. "At Long Last Love" (Cole Porter) – 7:17



  1. ^ Billboard May 21, 1966
  2. ^ Grant Green discography accessed September 17, 2010
  3. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 17, 2010
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 600. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.