This is how Grant Green can put on "fire" in less than 2 minutes.
Grant's playing is all about toying around with little funky licks, rhythmic ideas that he can bring up to climax by twisting them, repeating them in all subtle manners that it's really enjoyable to listen to him along searching, inventing, getting you interrupted and excited in such a way you wish he'll never stop his solo... Plus with his unique tone that no one has ever been able to reproduce, it's always a delight to listen to him. I believe he is very underrated since so many guitar players have been influenced by his playing, consciously in some cases (G.Benson, Santana, Martino...) but most of the time unconsciously.
True he wasn't the fastest guitar player in the world, even though he was incredible on burning tempos like this one, but his music was always funky, grooving, exciting, and he had his own vocabulary that could be compared to saxophonists.
Here's a typical exemple of how G.G could build up a solo with just a few notes, even using one single note at some time but with so many syncopations that the results are amazing.
Like all great Jazz, it might sound easy but I haven't heard many other guitar players that could do that. Like G.Benson used to say : you could "beat" him up on speed virtuosity, but never on his feel, and especially on Blues' feeling, quality of tone and sense of rhythm.
I tried hard to give this solo taken from a track of George Braith's album the best tribute it deserves with a cool slideshow synchronized with the music but I ended up wasting too much time because no application would let you really manage the duration of each photo, so I gave up halfway through and I guess that will do ; after all, It's the music that matters right
George Braith "Two Souls In One"
(Blue Note BLP 4148)
George Braith (ss, str) Billy Gardner (org) Grant Green (g) Donald Bailey (d)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, NJ, September 4, 1963
"Mary Had A Little Lamb"