Tiny Grimes was one of the earliest jazz electric guitarists to be influenced by Charlie Christian, and he developed his own swinging style. Early on, he was a drummer and worked as a pianist in Washington. In 1938, he started playing electric guitar, and two years later he was playing in a popular jive group, the Cats and the Fiddle. During 1943-1944, Grimes was part of a classic Art Tatum Trio which also included Slam Stewart. In September 1944, he led his first record date, using Charlie Parker; highlights include the instrumental Red Cross and Grimes' vocal on Romance Without Finance (Is a Nuisance). He also recorded for Blue Note in 1946, and then put together an RB-oriented group, "the Rockin' Highlanders," that featured the tenor of Red Prysock during 1948-1952. Although maintaining a fairly low profile, Tiny Grimes was active up until his death, playing in an unchanged swing/bop transitional style and recording as a leader for such labels as Prestige/Swingville, Black Blue, Muse, and Sonet. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

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Tiny Grimes & his Rocking Highlanders Tiny's Jump (1950)
Tiny Grimes and His Rocking Highlanders
Tiny Grimes - Blues Groove ( Full Album )
Blues Wail by Tiny Grimes & Coleman Hawkins
Art Tatum + Tiny Grimes + Slam Stewart Dec.1943 Tiny´s Exercise-variations
Tiny Grimes / J.C. Higginbotham ‎– Callin' The Blues ( Full Album )
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