The Artistry of…Grant Green

Guitar player Grant Green played from the heart. The recording output lasted a decade from 1961 to 71 and it was extensive, with most of it on Blue Note. Listening to, and playing along with, the records of Charlie Parker was what plugged Green in. The styles he played were as diverse as the artists he played with. His is a fluid mix of the best of Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Jobim, and James Brown, to the infectious soulful music of the O’Jay’s and The Ohio Players. This quote may sum up the artistry of Grant Green best: Giovanni Russonello of The New York Times has said, “Grant Green’s guitar style is one of jazz’s simple pleasures.”