Blues For Charlie – Grant Green
A slow, funky riff blues head with a classic soul-jazz sound. Our melody transcription shows how Grant Green plays the in head.
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- Recording: Ike Quebec - Blue And Sentimental
- Recorded on: December 16, 1961
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 4098)
- Concert Key: G
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium slow)
- Tenor Sax, Piano - Ike Quebec
- Guitar - Grant Green
- Bass - Paul Chambers
- Drums - Philly Joe Jones
The groove on this recording is a 12/8 feel—a slow, triplet-based shuffle. As he usually does, drummer Philly Joe Jones has his own unique take on this groove.
According to Green's biography "Grant Green: Rediscovering the Forgotten Genius of Jazz Guitar", the composition is a tribute to his idol Charlie Parker. However, we believe Green may also be paying tribute to Charlie Christian: another pivotal influence on his playing. This track, as well as the rest of "Blue and Sentimental," also provides an unusually extensive view into Green's approach to comping given the absence of other chordal instruments. Though Ike Quebec comps on piano behind Green's in head and solo on this song, Green is the only one comping for Quebec's tenor sax solo.
June 6, 1935 – January 31, 1979
One of the most influential and important guitarists in jazz, Grant Green stood out for his exquisite melodic sense, deep rhythmic feel, and distinctive tone. Born into a musical household in St. Louis, Missouri, the guitarist grew up in a milieu of gospel and boogie-woogie. This early environment profoundly shaped Green's trajectory as a musician. Read more...