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Grant Green signed to Blue Note for a second time in 1969. Where his first stint with the label was nearly all hard bop, the recordings from his second stay were almost all funky soul-jazz. Predictably, these are sessions that jazz purists have dismissed throughout the years, even though — when judged strictly on the level of funky, groove-oriented dance music — the music is quite strong. During the '80s and '90s, dance and hip-hop fans rediscovered Green's records from the late '70s and sampled his playing and grooves on their own records. Blue Note assembled The Best of Grant Green, Vol. 2 to capitalize on the popularity of this acid-jazz movement. All of the material on this disc is drawn from albums — The Final Comedown, Live at the Lighthouse, Visions — that never received much attention in jazz circles. Nevertheless, fans of this sound will find The Best of Grant Green, Vol. 2 to be a delight — there are a lot of wonderfully funky, dense grooves on here, and many of the songs have been out of print since their original issue. Hard bop fans will not reconsider their negative opinion of this music based on this compilation, but acid-jazz, groove, and hip-hop fans will find this disc to be an excellent addition to their Grant Green collection.

Biography

Born: June 6, 1935 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

A severely underrated player during his lifetime, Grant Green is one of the great unsung heroes of jazz guitar. He combined an extensive foundation in R&B with a mastery of bebop and simplicity that put expressiveness ahead of technical expertise. Green was a superb blues interpreter, and while his later material was predominantly blues and R&B, he was also a wondrous ballad and standards soloist. He was a particular admirer of Charlie Parker, and his phrasing often reflected it. Grant Green was...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jul 25, 1996

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