GRANT GREEN

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Grant Green (St. Louis, MO June 6, 1935 – New York City January 31, 1979) was a jazz guitarist and composer.

Recording prolifically and almost exclusively for Blue Note Records (as both leader and sideman) Green performed well in hard bop, soul jazz, bebop and latin-tinged settings 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.

He first performed in a professional setting at the age of 12. His influences were Charlie Christian, Charlie Parker, Ike Quebec, Lester Young, Jimmy Raney, Jimmy Smith and Miles Davis, he first
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GRANT GREEN Grant's First Stand album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Grant's First Stand
Hard Bop 1961
GRANT GREEN Green Street album cover 4.00 | 7 ratings
Green Street
Hard Bop 1961
GRANT GREEN Sunday Mornin' album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Sunday Mornin'
Hard Bop 1961
GRANT GREEN Grantstand album cover 4.04 | 3 ratings
Grantstand
Hard Bop 1962
GRANT GREEN The Latin Bit album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Latin Bit
Latin Jazz 1963
GRANT GREEN Feelin' the Spirit album cover 4.42 | 3 ratings
Feelin' the Spirit
Hard Bop 1963
GRANT GREEN Am I Blue? album cover 3.59 | 2 ratings
Am I Blue?
Hard Bop 1964
GRANT GREEN His Majesty King Funk album cover 3.95 | 2 ratings
His Majesty King Funk
Hard Bop 1965
GRANT GREEN Idle Moments album cover 4.51 | 28 ratings
Idle Moments
Hard Bop 1965
GRANT GREEN Talkin' About album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Talkin' About
Hard Bop 1965
GRANT GREEN I Want to Hold Your Hand album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Hard Bop 1966
GRANT GREEN Street of Dreams album cover 4.02 | 6 ratings
Street of Dreams
Hard Bop 1967
GRANT GREEN Goin' West album cover 4.81 | 4 ratings
Goin' West
Hard Bop 1969
GRANT GREEN Green is Beautiful album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Green is Beautiful
Soul Jazz 1970
GRANT GREEN Carryin' On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Carryin' On
Hard Bop 1970
GRANT GREEN Visions album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Visions
Hard Bop 1971
GRANT GREEN Iron City! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Iron City!
Hard Bop 1971
GRANT GREEN Shades of Green album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shades of Green
Hard Bop 1972
GRANT GREEN The Final Comedown album cover 2.14 | 2 ratings
The Final Comedown
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1972
GRANT GREEN The Main Attraction album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Main Attraction
Hard Bop 1976
GRANT GREEN Easy (aka Last Session) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Easy (aka Last Session)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1978
GRANT GREEN Gooden's Corner album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Gooden's Corner
Hard Bop 1979
GRANT GREEN Matador album cover 4.05 | 10 ratings
Matador
Hard Bop 1979
GRANT GREEN Solid album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Solid
Hard Bop 1979
GRANT GREEN Nigeria album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Nigeria
Hard Bop 1980
GRANT GREEN Oleo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oleo
Hard Bop 1980
GRANT GREEN Remembering (aka Standards) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remembering (aka Standards)
Hard Bop 1980
GRANT GREEN Born to Be Blue album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Born to Be Blue
Hard Bop 1985
GRANT GREEN Blues for Lou album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Blues for Lou
Hard Bop 1999
GRANT GREEN First Session album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
First Session
Hard Bop 2001

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GRANT GREEN Alive! album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Alive!
Hard Bop 1970
GRANT GREEN Live at the Lighthouse album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Lighthouse
Hard Bop 1972
GRANT GREEN Live at Club Mozambique album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Club Mozambique
Hard Bop 2006
GRANT GREEN The Holy Barbarian St. Louis 1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Holy Barbarian St. Louis 1959
Hard Bop 2012
GRANT GREEN Funk In France: From Paris to Antibes 1969-1970 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Funk In France: From Paris to Antibes 1969-1970
Soul Jazz 2018
GRANT GREEN Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry’s album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry’s
Fusion 2018

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GRANT GREEN Grant Green With The Dave Bailey Quintet : Our Miss Brooks (aka Green Blues aka Reaching Out) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grant Green With The Dave Bailey Quintet : Our Miss Brooks (aka Green Blues aka Reaching Out)
Hard Bop 1966
GRANT GREEN The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Grant Green with Sonny Clark album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Grant Green with Sonny Clark
Hard Bop 1990
GRANT GREEN Street Funk & Jazz Grooves: The Best of Grant Green album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Street Funk & Jazz Grooves: The Best of Grant Green
Hard Bop 1993
GRANT GREEN His Majesty King Funk: The Verve Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
His Majesty King Funk: The Verve Collection
Hard Bop 1995
GRANT GREEN The Best of Grant Green, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Grant Green, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1996
GRANT GREEN The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
Hard Bop 1997
GRANT GREEN Jazz Profile: Grant Green album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Profile: Grant Green
Hard Bop 1997
GRANT GREEN Blue Breakbeats album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Breakbeats
Hard Bop 1998
GRANT GREEN Retrospective 1961-1966 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Retrospective 1961-1966
Hard Bop 2002
GRANT GREEN Ballads album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Ballads
Hard Bop 2002
GRANT GREEN The Original Jam Master, Volume One: Ain't It Funky Now! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Original Jam Master, Volume One: Ain't It Funky Now!
Hard Bop 2005
GRANT GREEN For The Funk Of It: (The Original Jam Master Volume Two) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For The Funk Of It: (The Original Jam Master Volume Two)
Hard Bop 2005
GRANT GREEN The Original Jam Master, Volume Three: Mellow Madness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Original Jam Master, Volume Three: Mellow Madness
Hard Bop 2005
GRANT GREEN The Finest in Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Finest in Jazz
Hard Bop 2007
GRANT GREEN Organ Trio and Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Organ Trio and Quartet
Soul Jazz 2007
GRANT GREEN First Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Recordings
Hard Bop 2013
GRANT GREEN Grant Green % 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grant Green % "Baby Face" Willette : Trio/Quartet (Complete Recordings)
Hard Bop 2014

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GRANT GREEN Green is Beautiful

Album · 1970 · Soul Jazz
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js
Green is Beautiful” is a transitional album for Grant Green as it finds him moving more from the hard bop of his early career and more towards a funk/RnB sound. Like a lot of soul jazz LPs form this era. ‘Beautiful’ is kind of hit and miss with about one half good RnB jazz grooves, and about one half pop ditties that are forgettable. Side one opens with a cover of James Brown’s “Aint it Funky Now”, and it’s a solid cooker with great solos from the whole crew, including saxophonist Claude Bartee, who might remind some of Eddie Harris. This side closes out with the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”. This song was popular with soul jazz musicians, but it never works well. Although it’s a good song in its original format, the different changes in the arrangement don’t lend itself very well to jazz or RnB solos.

Side two opens with another JB’s style groove, “The Windjammer”, which is followed by a very lackluster “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”. I’m not sure whose idea it was to include this very cheesy pop song, but it sticks out like the sorest of thumbs. It’s a bad song to begin with and there is no way to save it, or make it better. The album closes with the best track, “Dracula”, another funk number and one of the few tracks with a very strong melody. If you keep the three best tracks on “Green is Beautiful”, you have a decent funk jazz album, albeit one that mostly sounds like a jam session. It doesn’t hurt that Green in his crew know how to turn in hot solos over an infectious groove.

GRANT GREEN Idle Moments

Album · 1965 · Hard Bop
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Much has been said about the original intended length of the title track, so I’ll just repeat it once – what a fantastic mistake! ‘Idle Moments’ as a fourteen minute bluesy exploration is cool – even silky – giving everyone a chance to stretch out and solo on a piece that I find myself chucking on repeat more often than not. Not to say that up-tempo numbers like ‘Jean De Fleur’ (or the rest of the album) aren’t enjoyable, but the opening cut sets a high bar.

The bluesy swing of the title track is returned to on ‘Django’ and ‘Nomad’ is another harder piece where Henderson plays a little rougher, taking the spotlight. Hutcherson is a distinctive voice on all pieces, and of course Green leads everything with his lovely tone but like many of the greatest jazz albums, there seems to be no lone virtuoso. As a listener, the pieces feel as though everyone gets a say, that everyone is working together so damn well.

Perhaps Grant Green’s defining album, and a rewarding listen for fans of cool and hard bop.

GRANT GREEN Idle Moments

Album · 1965 · Hard Bop
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Opening with the superb, laid back, bluesy epic which is the title track, Idle Moments is a great hard bop album which takes in moods from the sedate (as on the title track) to the energetic (as on the album closer Nomad). But it's the opener which listeners will keep coming back to, with excellent solos from Grant Green himself, Joe Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson being particularly standout moments. According to jazz legend, it's twice as long as intended because they accidentally played the baseline melody twice, but I think it needed to be that long to really get deep into the mellow mood the band try to evoke with it. Superb stuff.

GRANT GREEN Matador

Album · 1979 · Hard Bop
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Shelved by Alfred Lion the producer at Blue Note records when this session was recorded in May 1965 but not actually released until 1979 in Japan and internationally in 1990. "Matador" is the name given to the album and Grant Green was in red hot form at this time in his career with his previous session being "Idle Moments" and the next "Solid". He was doing a plethora of material at Blue Note and not all could be released as not to flood the market. Alfred Lion one of the main partners at Blue Note produced nearly all the sessions for the label till 1967 and with Francis Wolff decicided what to release and one does wonder why this session was never placed on the market much earlier. One of the reasons may have been the inclusion of "My Favourite Things" in the session to which many of us would say that this is the pick of the album but repititon was not one thing that Alfred would have liked in his Jazz and one has to admit that there are points within the solo from Grant on guitar that does head that way at times. Still wonderful album with excellent picking from Grant Green but what about the band having McCoy Tyner on piano and Elvin Jones on drums who one could say are experts at "My Favourite Things" having been on the classic recording of the tune with John Coltrane and recently just recorded "Crescent" and "A Love Supreme" with him as well. You would be going to find any better musicians and also while talking about those better musicians Bob Cranshaw is on bass for just another session at Blue Note and Bob has pretty much played with Sonny Rollins for the last 50 years.

The title "Matador" is first with Grant on guitar soloing in that order also with his usual beautiful sharp presicion with McCoy Tyner following with that delightful touch he has on piano over the repeated rythmn structure in this lovely quick driver of a number. "My Favorite Things" is next and like the previous "Matador" is over ten minutes in length providing plenty of room for the musicians to stretch out with their solos and Grant Green takes the lion's share in both. Like any great McCoy Tyner does not play this tune the same as he did with John Coltrane previously and he is playing a bit more fill with his piano interruptation. Grant Green's solo is the let down. Why in two sections repeat the same chord 20 times in a row and then put as through it again a minute later? One could not be blamed for thinking the record is scratched or your cd is faulty. McCoy is great to follow but for me it spoiled what could have been something close to that other Coltrane version. As the first tune was, "Blue Jeans" as another Grant Green composition within the album with quite a nice jaunt put within the composition's structure having a great little call and response intro between Grant and McCoy and Grant takes the first solo with a much better approach but at times he still has that repitition thing happening again. McCoy is wonderful to follow with his piano input and often I have heard his tone described as joyous which is perhaps the best description for the touch that he has on the piano keys whilst playing. The rythmn section of Bob Cranshaw and Elvin Jones are simply superb throughout with neither putting a foot wrong with Elvin showing his stuff on drums in the next , "Bedouin" being techinically the last track on the album with him placing a lovely subdued one near the end of the composition. Grant plays the most interesting solo from him on the album within this track with McCoy of course doing it superbly again as well. "Wives and Lovers" is the bonus track with Grant sounding like his guitar is getting plenty of pluck on this jaunty version.

I found when I first heard the album years back now I absolutely loved it but over time that repitition from Grant Green in "My Favorite Things and Green Jeans" is a bit much for this old free flowing Jazz Head. Alfred Lion never inteferred with the music and let the musicians have their run with results that are legendary in Jazz today and this is one album if not for that point that I have previously made and still one you will want if you are a Grant fan like myself.

GRANT GREEN Street of Dreams

Album · 1967 · Hard Bop
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Abraxas
Blue Note-addict, Grant Green, released dozens of albums throughout the 60s showing clearly his evolution and diversity in different contexts, having played with lots of renowned musicians. In Street of Dreams we got the trio that played in Talkin’ About which is Larry Young on organ, Elvin Jones on drums and Green on guitar, plus the addition of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson on this session.

The unision of B3 Hammond Organ and jazz guitar is not something new at all, but Grant Green probably made my favourite album featuring this unision, which is this. But that's only telling half of the story, since actually I love this album also because of the combination of vibraphone and organ, the former playing the upper keys while the organ does the lower register, as a whole creating a fantastic sound which isn’t common in jazz (or elsewhere).

Street of Dreams is in its essence a dreamy and night-mood album, as the title suggests. And that's actually surprising since Larry is not actually known for being a calm organist, neither is Jones' drum-kit accustomed to playing gently nor much of Bobby's vibes.

What is also surprising is that all four compositions are covers, mainly popular early 50s songs (sang). But Green & Co. really make these compositions their own, as great jazz musicians are known of doing. It's in the case of 'Lazy Afternoon' that the band even turns the original 4/4 into a 5/4 tune! But mind you, it's a slow-paced 5/4 unlike 'Take Five'. Yes, the four compositions are mainly slow-driven tunes with no real need of power; it's the whole subtlety and dreaminess that makes this album so enjoyable, and of course the exquisite solos of each of the members.

Although many will object of considering this a great Green record, since the guitarist's classic features are not present, I still think this is an excellent album, and like I said at the beginning, one of the best in combining guitar and organ, even though those particular instruments don’t actually show-off, they’re simply joined as one within the whole flow of the album.

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