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Grant Green: Rediscovering The Forgotten Genius Of Jazz Guitar

A favorite in musician circles for his facile, hip lines and unerring sense of swing, guitarist Grant Green has nonetheless been largely overlooked, if not forgotten, by the general record-buying public. Overshadowed throughout his career by his main competitors on the guitar, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, Green remains a heroic figure to fellow guitarists and students, the cognoscente and anyone with an appreciation for his tasteful melodicism, his pure singing tone, the clarity of his bop-inspired linear concept and his earthy deep blue expression.

This book thoroughly examines Green’s contribution and seeks to establish his rightful place in jazz history. Written in a rather naive style by an author who admittedly had limited exposure to jazz and knew nothing of Grant Green’s legacy before marrying the guitarist’s son, Grant Jr., it is the memoir of a journalist on a mission to discover the truth about her husband’s enigmatic and “famous” father. And like unravelling the mysteries of Charles Foster Kane and the secret of Rosebud in Citizen Kane, Ms. Green pieces together the puzzle of this complex man she never met, discovering a great deal about jazz in the process. But what Ms. Green lacks in scholarly chops she makes up for in a series of revealing and very colorful testimonies by colleagues, family and friends of her subject.

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