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Grant Green : rediscovering the forgotten genius of jazz guitar
Green, Sharony Andrews.
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San Francisco : Miller Freeman Books ; Emeryville, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed to the music trade in the U.S. and Canada by Hal Leonard Pub., [1999]

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xii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML419.G74 G74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Best known as a 1960s Blue Note Records session leader and sideman, Grant Green embraced bop, bebop, and blues. He died at age 43, leaving behind nearly 90 albums. This heartfelt biography by Green's daughter-in-law examines the life of this hero of postwar jazz.

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Library Journal Review

Green, a novelist, journalist, and former daughter-in-law of her subject, offers an intimate portrait of the great jazz guitarist Grant Green. Interviewing his family and friends, she unearths the story of Green's childhood, his beginnings on guitar, his early musical success in St. Louis, and his conversion to the Muslim faith. She uses discussions with several jazz luminaries to trace Green's trek to New York, his rise to fame among the jazz cognoscenti, his prolific output for such labels as Blue Note, and his subsequent low-key career until his untimely death in 1979. Though she creates a sympathetic portrait, the author directly confronts Green's heroin habit, which led to erratic behavior and the neglect of his family. A well-written, richly illustrated book that will appeal to anyone interested in postwar jazz.√ĄDavid P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.