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Grant Green (June 6, 1935 – January 31, 1979; some sources erroneously give the birth year as 1931) 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.


As leader

  • 1961: First Session (Blue Note)**
  • 1961: Grant's First Stand (Blue Note)
  • 1961: Reaching Out (Black Lion)
  • 1961: Green Street (Blue Note)
  • 1961: Sunday Mornin' (Blue Note)
  • 1961: Grantstand (Blue Note)
  • 1961: Remembering (Blue Note Japan) Reissue as Standards
  • 1961: Gooden's Corner (Blue Note Japan)**
  • 1962: Nigeria (Blue Note Japan)**
  • 1962: Oleo (Blue Note Japan)**
  • 1962: Born to Be Blue (Blue Note)**
  • 1962: The Latin Bit (Blue Note)
  • 1962: Goin' West (Blue Note)
  • 1962: Feelin' the Spirit (Blue Note)
  • 1963: Blues for Lou (Blue Note)**
  • 1963: Am I Blue? (Blue Note)
  • 1963: Idle Moments (Blue Note)
  • 1964: Matador (Blue Note Japan)**
  • 1964: Solid (Blue Note)**
  • 1964: Talkin' About! (Blue Note)
  • 1964: Street of Dreams (Blue Note)
  • 1965: I Want to Hold Your Hand (Blue Note)
  • 1965: His Majesty King Funk (Verve)
  • 1967: Iron City (Cobblestone)
  • 1969: Carryin' On (Blue Note)
  • 1970: Green Is Beautiful (Blue Note)
  • 1970: Alive! (Blue Note)
  • 1971: Live at Club Mozambique (Blue Note)**
  • 1971: Visions (Blue Note)
  • 1971: Shades of Green (Blue Note)
  • 1971: The Final Comedown (Soundtrack) (Blue Note)
  • 1972: Live at The Lighthouse (Blue Note)
  • 1976: The Main Attraction (Kudu)
  • 1978: Easy (Versatile)

Green recorded more than twenty sessions as a leader for Blue Note between 1960-72. Many of them were not released until years after the recording dates, as shown by **

As sideman


  • Jimmy Forrest - All the Gin Is Gone (Delmark)
  • Jimmy Forrest - Black Forrest (Delmark)




  • Joe Carroll - Man with a Happy Sound (Charlie Parker Records)
  • Dodo Greene - My Hour of Need (Blue Note)
  • Don Wilkerson - Elder Don (Blue Note)
  • Lou Donaldson - The Natural Soul (Blue Note)
  • Don Wilkerson - Preach Brother! (Blue Note)





  • George Braith - Laughing Souls (Prestige)
  • "Big" John Patton - Got a Good Thing Goin' (Blue Note)
  • Art Blakey - Hold On, I'm Coming (Limelight)
  • Stanley Turrentine - Rough 'N Tumble (Blue Note)




  • Houston Person - The Real Thing (Eastbound)

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