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by Wolf Marshall

Subject: Green's Blues

Fig.2. Green's blues. This lick is played over a moderately fast and fiercely swinging groove in B flat and is typical of Grant's blues conception. The phrase combines a Charlie Christian-inspired swing feel and note choices with an unmistakable leavening of bebop. Note the typical Green inflections in the line: 

the raked arpeggio in the first bar and the legato embellishing figure in bar 2. Also telling in bar 2 is the pedal tone pattern, a favorite lick in the Green arsenal. Bars 3 and 4 contain a characteristic approach to the IV chord. Here Grant begins with a rising Ab major 9 arpeggio, producing a modally-based Bb13 sound, and concludes with a descending altered scale line. The melody in bars 5-6 is a classic Christian line reinterpreted by Grant.

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