A personal favorite released on Blue Note, guitarist Grant Green is the epitome of smooth on the 1964 album Street of Dreams, which features the stylings of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, organist Larry Young, and Drummer Elvin Jones. The instrumentation is truly unique, featuring a quartet with no brass and no woodwinds. 3 percussion instruments (vibraphone, drums, and organ) and one string instruments (guitar) make up this album that is easy listening at its finest. Green has many funk filled years in the latter part of his career, and Hutcherson and Jones have had numerous recordings of abstract fusion, but on Street of Dreams this quartet form four songs that are a perfect harmonious groove with unique instrumentation
The cover art for this album is an actual photo of an intersection of the signature white San Francisco street signs where Grant St. and Green St. meet in (ironically) the historical North Beach district, which has deep roots in jazz heritage. Besides a few murals and signage, San Francisco has done a questionable job at preserving the history of jazz in North Beach, as it has been overran with nightclubs and synthetic fabrics, but today you can see more of an effort towards jazz preservation, as there are new venues that feature jazz and dining (for astronomical prices, of course). However North Beach is viewed from the jazz historians to the nightclub goers, one thing that will remain is the intersection of Grant and Green streets, which makes the cover for the wonderful album “Street of Dreams”
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