Grant Green - Sookie Sookie

Apparently, I have the days of the week mixed up and missed the Hump Day Retro Closet from yesterday. So to make up for that here is the post-Hump Day Retro Closet track.

Grant Green is one of my favorite guitarists. It helps that he also hails from my home town of St. Louis. An underrated guitarists, he spent most of his career with Blue Note Records. The best description of him I have read is by critics Michael Erlewine and Ron Wynn. They wrote that Green is "a severely underrated player during his lifetime, Grant Green is one of the great unsung heroes of jazz guitar ... Green's playing is immediately recognizable -- perhaps more than any other guitarist."

His career spanned 3 decades until his untimely death in 1979. He spent much of 1978 in hospital, and against the advice of doctors, went back on the road to earn some money. While in New York to play an engagement at George Benson's Breezin' Lounge, Grant collapsed in his car of a heart attack in New York City on January 31, 1979.

Sookie Sookie is off his 1970 Blue Note release, Alive!.


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