Grant Green recorded a mountain of discs for Blue Note in the 1960s; so many that quite a few were left in the can till after his premature death in 1979. As it turns out quite a lot of the unreleased discs count among his best work. In 1964 he twice recorded with a rhythm section of McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw & Elvin Jones; the May session yielded _Matador_, & the June session, on which Joe Henderson and James Spaulding were added, yielded _Solid_. It's a good session, probably the most hard-hitting Green ever recorded, with a typically catholic choice of material by Duke Pearson, George Russell (the very long reading of "Ezz-Thetic"), Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson ("The Kicker", recorded before the famous Horace Silver version), Burt Bacharach ("Wives and Lovers", included as a bonus track but left off the original vinyl), & one Green composition. As with a lot of Green discs, the leader doesn't in fact occupy a more prominent position than any of the other players, especially as Green leaves comping duties to Tyner. -- It's rather intriguing, incidentally, how much Green followed not just Coltrane's influence but also Sonny Rollins. Countless Green discs include readings of Rollins tunes or Rollins-associated tunes (e.g. "I'm an Old Cowhand" on _Talking 'Bout_, "Airegin" & "Oleo" on the sessions with Sonny Clark)--Rollins' 1954 blues "Solid" is sufficiently basic that one wonders why Green didn't just write his own line & get a little extra cash for a composer credit.
A very good disc--not, perhaps, quite Green's best (_Idle Moments_ & the Sonny Clark set would be the first ports of call for a listener new to Green) but certainly a worthwhile album.