A Blue Note essential, I Want To Hold Your Hand is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign, featuring 100 titles and key to the initiative is high-quality audio at affordable prices.
The third of three sessions Grant Green co-led with modal organist Larry Young and Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones, I Want to Hold Your Hand continues in the soft, easy style of its predecessor, Street of Dreams. This time, however — as one might guess from the title and cover photo — the flavor is less reflective and more romantic and outwardly engaging. Part of the reason is tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, who takes Bobby Hutcherson's place accompanying the core trio.
His breathy, sensuous warmth keeps the album simmering at a low boil, and some of the repertoire helps as well, mixing romantic ballad standards (often associated with vocalists) and gently undulating bossa novas. The title track — yes, the Beatles tune — is one of the latter, cleverly adapted and arranged into perfectly viable jazz that suits Green's elegant touch with pop standards; the other bossa nova, Jobim's "Corcovado," is given a wonderfully caressing treatment.
|1. I Want To Hold Your Hand|
|2. Speak Low|
|3. Stella By Starlight|
|4. Corcovado (Quiet Nights)|
|5. This Could Be The Start Of Something|
|6. At Long Last Love|