Matador (Grant Green album)

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Studio album by Grant Green
Released 1979
Recorded May 20, 1964
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Modal jazz, post-bop
Length 42:05 Original LP
51:06 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Grant Green chronology
Idle Moments
(1963)Idle Moments1963
Alternative cover
2010 Music Matters vinyl pressing
2010 Music Matters vinyl pressing

Matador is an album by American jazz guitarist Grant Green featuring performances recorded in 1964 but not released on the Japanese Blue Note label until 1979.[1] The album was finally reissued in the U.S. on CD in 1990 with one bonus track. It was also reissued on vinyl in 2010, with a different cover.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and stated "it's a classic and easily one of Green's finest albums. In contrast to the soul-jazz and jazz-funk for which Green is chiefly remembered, Matador is a cool-toned, straight-ahead modal workout that features some of Green's most advanced improvisation... The group interplay is consistently strong, but really the spotlight falls chiefly on Green, whose crystal-clear articulation flourishes in this setting. And, for all of Matador's advanced musicality, it ends up being surprisingly accessible. This sound may not be Green's claim to fame, but Matador remains one of his greatest achievements".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Matador" (Green) – 10:51
  2. "My Favorite Things" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 10:23
  3. "Green Jeans" (Green) – 9:10
  4. "Bedouin" (Pearson) – 11:41
  5. "Wives and Lovers" (Bacharach, David) – 9:01 Bonus track on CD reissue

Recorded on May 20 (tracks 1-4) & June 12 (track 5), 1964.



  1. ^ Grant Green discography accessed September 17, 2010
  2. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 17, 2010