Grant Green (Jazz guitarist)

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Grant Green (June 6, 1935 – January 31, 1979; some sources erroneously give his year of birth as 1931) was an American jazz guitarist and composer.

Recording prolifically and mainly for Blue Note Records (as both leader and sideman) Green performed in the hard bop, soul jazz, bebop and Latin-tinged idioms throughout his career. Critics Michael Erlewine and Ron Wynn write, "A severely underrated player during his lifetime, Grant Green is one of the great unsung heroes of jazz guitar ... Green's playing is immediately recognizable – perhaps more than any other guitarist." Critic Dave Hunter described his sound as "lithe, loose, slightly bluesy and righteously groovy". He often performed in an organ trio, a small group with an organ and drummer.

Apart from guitarist Charlie Christian, Green's primary influences were saxophonists, particularly Charlie Parker, and his approach was therefore almost exclusively linear rather than chordal. The simplicity and immediacy of Green's playing, which tended to avoid chromaticism, derived from his early work playing rhythm and blues and, although at his best he achieved a synthesis of this style with bop, he was essentially a blues guitarist and returned almost exclusively to this style in his later career.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1961 Remembering 1
1961 Gooden's Corner 1
1961 Grant's First Stand 2
1961 Grantstand 3
1961 Green Street 4
1962 Oleo 1
1962 The Latin Bit 1
1963 Idle Moments 8
1963 Am I Blue? 2
1963 Feelin' the Spirit 2
1964 Street of Dreams 2
1964 Talkin' About 2
1965 His Majesty King Funk 1
1969 Carryin' On 2
1969 Goin' West 1
1970 Green is Beautiful 2
1971 Visions 2
1972 Iron City! 2
1972 Shades of Green 2
1973 Green Blues 1
1976 The Main Attraction 1
1979 Solid 2
1981 Nigeria 1
1986 Reaching Out 1
1989 Born to Be Blue 1
1990 Matador 2
1996 The Latin Bit 1
1996 Sunday Mornin' 1
1997 I Want to Hold Your Hand 2
1998 Standards 1
1999 Blues For Lou 1
2001 First Session 1
2007 Easy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1993 Street Funk & Jazz Grooves: The Best of Grant Green Compilation 1
1993 The Best of Grant Green, Volume 1 Compilation 1
1996 The Best of Grant Green, Volume 2 Compilation 1
1997 The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark Compilation 1
1997 Jazz Profile: Grant Green Compilation 1
1998 Blue Breakbeats Compilation 1
2001 First Session Compilation 1
2002 Ballads Compilation 1
2002 Retrospective 1961-1966 Compilation 1
2005 The Original Jam Master, Volume One: Ain't It Funky Now! Compilation 1
2005 The Original Jam Master, Volume Three: Mellow Madness Compilation 1
2005 The Original Jam Master, Volume Two: For the Funk of It Compilation 1
2007 First Recordings Compilation 1
2007 The Finest in Jazz Compilation 1
2007 Organ Trio and Quartet Compilation 1
2010 Blue Note TSF Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Alive! Live 3

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