Thursday, December 21, 2006

From Grant Green to B.B. King to T-Bone Walker

An interesting article titled From Grant Green to B.B. King to T-Bone Walker, Consistent Approaches to the Blues, by Andrew Scott.
"Despite his fame as Blue Note Records' "house guitarist," Grant Green (1931-1979) has not been awarded his rightful place as one of the outstanding jazz musicians of the twentieth century. This may be attributed to the commercial sidesteps Green made in his later career. However, as Andrew Scott shows in a musicological analysis of three Green improvisations, Green's marginalized "commercial" has much in common with his earlier more celebrated performances. The dismissal of Green's late era career by jazz historians seems not to be an issue of music, but of artifice." . . . [click here to continue reading]

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