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Ain’t He Funky Now: Grant Green In The Early 1970s

Green's turn-of-the-decade recordings filtered the new sounds of the late 1960s through jazz guitar.

Green: grooving on the comeback trail.

In 1969 guitarist Grant Green, who had been sidelined for several years by drug problems, returned to Blue Note Records and the jazz scene. The albums he made for Blue Note in this period reflected the influence of contemporary R and B, with Green covering artists such as James Brown and the Isley Brothers. We’ll hear his interpretations of their tunes, in addition to the radio hit “Cease the Bombing” and an extended workout of Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage.” The music Green made during this era would enjoy a revival with acid-jazz and house-music enthusiasts in the late 1980s and early 1990s; it remains popular with younger listeners today, and Blue Note has released three recent compilatons from which this program is drawn.

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