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 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. Critic Michael Erlewine wrote, "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 featuring a Hammond organ and drummer. Apart from fellow guitarist Charlie Christian, Green's primary influences were saxophonists, particularly Charlie Parker, and his approach was almost exclusively linear rather than chordal. He rarely played rhythm guitar except as a sideman on albums led by other musicians.

The simplicity and immediacy of Green's playing, which tended to avoid chromaticism, derived from his early work playing rhythm and blues and, although he achieved a synthesis of this style with bop, he was a skilled blues and funk guitarist and returned to this style in his later career.

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1960Space FlightSam Lazar, Grant Green1
1961Grant’s First StandGrant Green4
1961GrantstandGrant Green With Yusef Lateef, Jack McDuff, Al Harewood8
1961Green StreetGrant Green13
1961Reaching OutGrant Green4
1961Sunday Mornin’Grant Green4
1963The Latin BitGrant Green20
1963Am I BlueGrant Green5
1963Feelin’ the SpiritGrant Green5
1964Idle MomentsGrant Green414
1965His Majesty King FunkGrant Green4
1965Talkin’ AboutGrant Green4
1966I Want to Hold Your HandGrant Green5
1967Street of DreamsGrant Green5
1969Goin’ WestGrant Green3
1970Carryin’ OnGrant Green52
1970Green Is BeautifulGrant Green4
1971VisionsGrant Green3
1972Iron City!Grant Green2
1972Shades of GreenGrant Green2
1976The Main AttractionGrant Green3
1978EasyGrant Green2
1979MatadorGrant Green5
1979SolidGrant Green3
1980NigeriaGrant Green9
1980OleoGrant Green1
1981RememberingGrant Green2
1981Gooden’s CornerGrant Green1
1985Born to Be BlueGrant Green13
1998StandardsGrant Green3
1999Blues For LouGrant Green1
2001First SessionGrant Green1
2012The Holy Barbarian, St. Louis, 1959Grant Green1
2018Funk in France (From Paris to Antibes 1969-1970)Grant Green2
Masters of Grooove (Meet Dr. No)Reuben “Funky” Wilson, Grant “Mean” Green Jr., Tarus Mateen & Bernard “Pretty” Purdie1

Album + Compilation

1990The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Grant Green With Sonny ClarkGrant Green2
1993Street Funk & Jazz Grooves: The Best of Grant GreenGrant Green1
1993The Best of Grant Green, Volume 1Grant Green1
1995His Majesty King Funk / Up With Donald ByrdGrant Green / Donald Byrd1
1996The Best of Grant Green, Volume 2Grant Green1
1997The Complete Quartets With Sonny ClarkGrant Green2
1997Jazz Profile: Grant GreenGrant Green1
1998Blue BreakbeatsGrant Green1
2002BalladsGrant Green2
2002Retrospective 1961-1966Grant Green1
2005The Original Jam Master, Volume One: Ain't It Funky Now!Grant Green1
2005The Original Jam Master, Volume Two: For the Funk of ItGrant Green1
2005The Original Jam Master, Volume Three: Mellow MadnessGrant Green1
2007First RecordingsGrant Green1
2007The Finest in JazzGrant Green1
2007Organ Trio and QuartetGrant Green1
2010Blue Note TSFGrant Green1
2012Cool BluesLou Donaldson & Grant Green1
2013Complete Instrumental SessionsGrant Green, Ike Quebec2
2014Grant Green & Friends, Vol. 1Grant Green feat. Ike Quebec, Sonny Clark, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes1
2015The 1961 Summer SessionsGrant Green1
20185 Original AlbumsGrant Green1
2020The RemastersGrant Green1
2020Plays The R&B HitsGrant Green1

Album + Soundtrack

1972The Final ComedownGrant Green2

Album + Live

1970Alive!Grant Green5
1972Live at the LighthouseGrant Green2
2006Live at Club MozambiqueGrant Green1
2018Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry’sGrant Green2

Other + Compilation

2014Trio/Quartet - Complete RecordingsGrant Green & Baby Face Willette1

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