6 June 1935, St Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 31 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. Heavily influenced by Charlie Christian, guitarist Green first played professionally with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and made his recording debut on organist Brother Jack McDuffs classic 1960 session, The Honeydripper. Although noted particularly for his work in organ-guitar-drum trios in the 50s, throughout his career Green was associated with post-bop musicians and in the 60s he recorded many excellent albums for Blue Note Records with Stanley Turrentine, Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and others. The flowing, single-line solos characteristic of Christians early experiments in bebop were evident in much of Greens work. At home in several areas of jazz, he had a particularly strong affinity with the blues, while one album, Feelin The Spirit, features gospel music. Nevertheless, he was essentially modern in his approach to music.
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