Grant Green: Jean de Fleur

There was an attractive freshness and simplicity to Grant Green's linear-styled playing, and his bluesy tone was instantly recognizable. Often underestimated, on fast, tricky numbers such as this track, he could surprise with the intricacy of his phrasing and runs, and the cleverness of his rhythmic variations. The fraternity of guitarists respected and learned from him. When recorded in 1963, Henderson and Hutcherson were emerging Blue Note stars, and each solos brilliantly after Green's lesson in structure and expressiveness. Harewood's drum work is both tasteful and propulsive, his fills flawlessly executed throughout.

February 19, 2008 · 0 comments


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