Claude played on Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers first two albums, "Tough" and "Saffron and soul". These other two guys of Pucho's, Willie Bivens and Neal Creque joined Grant's band in the late 60's. To me, I regret never hearing him live ever.
I played in McDuffs bands in the mid 70's and we would follow Grants bands into the city organ bars that had jazz 6 nights a week- with usually matinees. 9 times out of 10 right across from the club, would be a Milner Hotel where the bands would stay. If you were looking to contact a player to try to " get on" a organ band, and you hung, you could get an inside to who might be spiting, or no show.
FWIW- Grants bands were talked about musically, people loved them. Reality is they also missed gigs via the _life style_and so on. etc etc. . .
I remember his burning playing on on "Carryin' on", "Green is beautiful", "Alive", and "Live at the Lighthouse". GREAT PLAYING...And very original.
Neal Creque, organ is on a lot of those. I played a bit with Neal in Walt Harpers club in Pittsburgh, and also a gig in Gary Indiana. It was as drummers gig from Cleveland- but still an organ gig that I remember fondly. Neal spoke of Claude a lot- and his attack was a funky spitty one, with a bop note choice. IF...you were to describe it. < I tried to do me best there>
I teach a sax player on SKYPE- he was in the Isley Brothers.He is a old school gentleman with great memory's. I saw this post, and I asked him tonight if he heard Claude ever. As this man,the Skype student, was from Covington Kentucky, and traveled with the Isley Bros in the day. The remark he made was interesting, he said he heard Claude with a soul singer George Clemons aka KING GEORGE in the early 1960s,at Harlem night clubs VIA the Apollo. He mentioned all these bands were always at the Apollo-especially the King Curtis Band. Which got him to make friends with a very young Jimi Hendrix < who later did play with the Isleys as well, before his fame hit> and he refereed to things that Claude did with Hendrix as well at jams due to their extensive knowledge of all musics!.He noted that King George had a great life when he moved to Denmark. This was way before Grant Greens stuff with Claude, by a number of years.
Speaking of Grants style, I played with a guitarist named Josh Breakstone, with projects Ernie Krivda put together. Josh was a huge Grant fan. I feel that that guitar style was based in Charlie Parker, and his approach was therefore almost exclusively linear rather than chordal, then applied to funk, vamps and R &B.
Grant did a cool thing < almost Pat Matino like but not really with the amp> From what you hear, it's punchy and funky. That's because it was a known fact he'd turn all the bass and treble off the amp, and max midrange. Then he could get his signature tone. Pat Martino did something close to that...but not with the midrange maxed like that.
I heard also sadly, that sometime in the 90's Claude Bartee passed in California. From what the word was, a organ group buddy told me this as we were talking about another player from those records named Marvin Cabell. ( Who was on John Patton stuff and he is ANOTHER bad boy of that kinda playing. Saxello too, which is right in my world )
I bet Benson and Grant were tight. Grant might of even recorded at Bensons club or something. But I'm not certain, but I'd bet they were tight. Two different styles tho for sure. But that single line BOP phrase was part and parcel to both- but to what degree? WHAT AN ERA!!
I REMEMBER THIS TUNE...Being played a lot on radio then in 1973 when I lived in the Bronx.
Grant Green - Sookie,Sookie