The Latin Bit

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The Latin Bit
The Latin Bit.jpg
Studio album by Grant Green
Released May 1963[1]
Recorded April 26 & September 7, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Latin jazz
Length 38:56 original LP
59:53 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84111
Producer Alfred Lion
Grant Green chronology
Born to Be Blue
(1962)Born to Be Blue1962
The Latin Bit
Goin' West
(1962)Goin' West1962

The Latin Bit is an album by American jazz guitarist Grant Green featuring performances recorded in 1962 and released on the Blue Note label.[2] It is a loose concept album inspired by Latin American music.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 3½ stars and stated "This CD always yielded mixed results for staunch fans of Green, but a revisit shows it to be a credible effort, even if slightly flawed in part".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Grant Green except as indicated
  1. "Mambo Inn" (Bauzá, Sampson, Bobby Woodlen) – 5:52
  2. "Bésame Mucho" (Consuelo Velázquez) – 7:12
  3. "Mama Inez" (L. Wolfe Gilbert, Eliseo Grenet) – 6:42
  4. "Brazil" (Barroso) – 5:01
  5. "Tico Tico" (Zequinha de Abreu) – 7:46
  6. "My Little Suede Shoes" (Parker) – 6:23

Bonus track on CD reissue:

  1. "Blues for Juanita" – 7:06
  2. "Granada" (Agustín Lara) – 6:27
  3. "Hey There" (Adler, Ross) – 7:24

Recorded on April 26 (tracks 1-7) and September 7 (tracks 8-9), 1962.



  1. ^ Billboard May 18, 1963
  2. ^ Grant Green discography accessed September 16, 2010
  3. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed September 16, 2010