Grant Green (Jazz guitarist)

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Grant Green (June 6, 1935 – January 31, 1979) 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Space Flight Sam Lazar, Grant Green 1
1961 Remembering Grant Green 1
1961 Gooden's Corner Grant Green 1
1961 Grant's First Stand Grant Green 2
1961 Grantstand Grant Green 5
1961 Green Street Grant Green 5
1962 The Latin Bit Grant Green 4
1963 Am I Blue? Grant Green 3
1963 Feelin' the Spirit Grant Green 3
1964 Idle Moments Grant Green 9
1964 Street of Dreams Grant Green 3
1964 Talkin' About Grant Green 3
1965 His Majesty King Funk Grant Green 1
1965 I Want to Hold Your Hand Grant Green 3
1969 Goin' West Grant Green 2
1970 Carryin' On Grant Green 5 2
1970 Green is Beautiful Grant Green 2
1971 Visions Grant Green 2
1972 Iron City! Grant Green 2
1972 Shades of Green Grant Green 2
1973 Green Blues Grant Green 1
1976 The Main Attraction Grant Green 2
1978 Easy Grant Green 2
1979 Solid Grant Green 2
1980 Oleo Grant Green 1
1981 Nigeria Grant Green 2
1985 Born to Be Blue Grant Green 2
1986 Reaching Out Grant Green 1
1990 Matador Grant Green 3
1996 Sunday Mornin' Grant Green 1
1998 Standards Grant Green 1
1999 Blues For Lou Grant Green 1
2001 First Session Grant Green 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Street Funk & Jazz Grooves: The Best of Grant Green Grant Green 1
1993 The Best of Grant Green, Volume 1 Grant Green 1
1996 The Best of Grant Green, Volume 2 Grant Green 1
1997 The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark Grant Green 1
1997 Jazz Profile: Grant Green Grant Green 1
1998 Blue Breakbeats Grant Green 1
2001 First Session Grant Green 1
2002 Ballads Grant Green 2
2002 Retrospective 1961-1966 Grant Green 1
2005 The Original Jam Master, Volume One: Ain't It Funky Now! Grant Green 1
2005 The Original Jam Master, Volume Three: Mellow Madness Grant Green 1
2005 The Original Jam Master, Volume Two: For the Funk of It Grant Green 1
2007 First Recordings Grant Green 1
2007 The Finest in Jazz Grant Green 1
2007 Organ Trio and Quartet Grant Green 1
2010 Blue Note TSF Grant Green 1
2012 Cool Blues Lou Donaldson & Grant Green 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Alive! Grant Green 4
1972 Live at the Lighthouse Grant Green 2
2006 Live at Club Mozambique Grant Green 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 The Final Comedown Grant Green 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Grant Green Grant Green 1

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