Grant Green Trio – 1969

Grant Green

 

Rare and priceless footage of the great guitarist



One of the great jazz guitarists of all time, Grant Green was essentially the house guitarist for the Blue Note label during 1961-65, appeared on many important sessions; he switched to funk in the late 1960s, struggled a bit, and passed away prematurely.

Green was famous for mostly playing single-note lines (only occasionally hitting chords), his bright singing tone, and a bluesy but adventurous style.

There is very little film of Grant Green, making this half-hour of music from 1969 (one of the last times that he performed straight ahead jazz) a major discovery.

From a Paris concert on October 26, 1969, Green performs “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing,” “Oleo,” “How Insensitive,” “Untitled Blues,” and “Sonnymoon For Two” in a trio with bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Don Lamond.

-Scott Yanow