Unreleased when it was recorded on this day in 1963 it finally came out years later, long after Alfred Lion who founded Blue Note and produced the session had sold the company. For some reason he rejected the session or deemed it not to be worth releasing at the time. It’s hard too see why as guitarist Grant Green is in fine form, accompanied by John Patton on the organ and Ben Dixon on drums. It opens with a great up tempo rendition of “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top.” from Oklahoma!, There’s the lyrical “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” and the gospel flavored “This Little Girl of Mine” and both are standout tracks. The title track, a blues tune was recorded at the close of a Lou Donaldson when the saxophonist sat out.
What makes this album so good is that it shows how the guitar is such a fine jazz instrument. Green solos brilliantly and demonstrates why he is revered by so many – but sadly more so after his death in 1979 when he was still only 43 years old. His single note picking is immediately recognisable and the unique feel he brings, especially to ballads and standards is gorgeous.