Green played different styles including hard bop, soul jazz , bebopand blues. During the bebop era, he a reintroduction of the guitar as a solo instrument in jazz. Of Green is that he was a great admirer of Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker was.
Musical career[Edit][edit | edit source]
After having made his debut in 1959, as a guitarist in the quintet by Jimmy Forrest, Lou Donaldson Grant came at the invitation of to New York in 1960. Its base in the R & B, combined with his skills in the bebop and its simplicity prefers technical expertise, that expression makes Grant to a versatile guitarist: bebop, R & B, blues, standard works, ballads, Boogie Woogie, jazz funk, acid jazz, were among his executed styles.
Especially in the first 5 years after his arrival in New York, Grant was a busy man. He played with Lou Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine, Baby Face Willette, Big John Patton,Brother Jack McDuff, Larry Young, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Herbie Hancock. As a result, he quickly became a celebrity among the jazz guitarists, so much thatGeorge Benson once said:
"Everyone wanted to sound like Grant!"
After 1967 was Grant hardly active as a musician because of his drug addiction. As a result of his addiction he had to do with a fragile health. He began to play and record again in 1969, in which he also hit a new road. His works from 1969 are more commercially oriented, take its course to more funk-jazz and acid-jazz-oriented music he made with men as Idris Muhammed, Reuben Wilson, Rusty Bryant, Charles Kynard, Neal Creque, Houston Person and Ronnie Foster.
Criticisms[Edit][edit | edit source]
Critics Michael Erlewine and Ron Wynn described him as :
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.