Grant Green’s Solo on “Cool Blues”

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Here is Grant’s Transcribed Solo on “Cool Blues”

Grant Green is one of my biggest influences. I first heard about him from my guitar teacher in college, who didn’t care for him too much.  I then was a casual listener until I became friends with Corey Christiansen.  Corey is the closest to a GG scholar that I have ever met.  He has literally written the book on Grant’s playing style.

This solo on “Cool Blues” was one I transcribed in college for a blues improvisation class.  It is a great example of Grant’s style in a medium blues setting.  I am a firm believer that nobody could hang with Grant when it came to playing over a blues.

I also isolated some of Grant’s key phrases and wrote those out below

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Finally, one of my favorite (and only) videos of Grant.  Here is his playing with Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessell.  I love both Kenny and Barney’s playing, but on this gig neither one can touch Grant.

8 thoughts on “Grant Green’s Solo on “Cool Blues”

  1. Great post Jason. I’m gonna give the transcription a try…:) And coincidentally, I was listening to this tune early today. I had GG’s “Born To Be Blue” album playing and was marveling at his sinewy lines and phrasing. I’ve watched the video you posted many times since I bought the DVD and I agree that GG shows a little more clout than the others…but Kenny gets a few nice runs in, especially during the trading 4’s section. Thanks again for a great blog and take care.

    Lyle

  2. Great post Jason. I’m gonna give the transcription a try…:) And coincidentally, I was listening to this tune early today. I had GG’s “Born To Be Blue” album playing and was marveling at his sinewy lines and phrasing. I’ve watched the video you posted many times since I bought the DVD and I agree that GG shows a little more clout than the others…but Kenny gets a few nice runs in, especially during the trading 4’s section. Thanks again for a great blog and take care.

    Lyle

  3. I love Grant Green’s playing. So much different from the typical guitarist. Windjammer…now there’s a solo.

    Thanks for the transcription!

  4. I love Grant Green’s playing. So much different from the typical guitarist. Windjammer…now there’s a solo.

    Thanks for the transcription!

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