Johnny Griffin The Best of Johnny Griffin

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Riverside

Entertainment Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) - p.90
4 stars out of 5 -- "[This] compilation cherry-picks the best moments from his recordings for Riverside in the 50s and 60s."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Johnny Griffin Quartet - "Cherokee"
  • Buy for $0.992.Johnny Griffin - "Woody 'n' You"
  • 3.Thelonious Monk Quartet with Johnny Griffin - "Rhythm-a-ning"
  • 4.Johnny Griffin Sextet - "63rd Street Theme"
  • Buy for $0.995.The Johnny Griffin / Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Quintet - "Tickle Tow"
  • Buy for $0.996.Johnny Griffin Orchestra - "Wade in the Water"
  • 7.The Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis / Johnny Griffin Quintet - "Straight, No Chaser"
  • 8.Wes Montgomery - "Full House"
  • Buy for $0.999.Johnny Griffin - "Autumn Leaves"

Product Description:

Personnel: Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone); Wes Montgomery (guitar); Pat Patrick (alto saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , Edwin Williams (tenor saxophone); Charlie Davis (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Bob Bryant/Marshall Dodge, Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Julian Priester, Matthew Gee (trombone); Harold Mabern, Junior Mance, Kenny Drew, Ronnie Mathews, Thelonious Monk, Wynton Kelly (piano); Jimmy Cobb , Albert "Tootie" Heath, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, Ben Riley, Keith Copeland, Charlie Persip (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (02/??/1958-10/17/1978); Minton's Playhouse, New York, NY (02/??/1958-10/17/1978); Plaza Sound Studios, New York, NY (02/??/1958-10/17/1978); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (02/??/1958-10/17/1978); The Five Spot Cafe, Nwe York City (02/??/1958-10/17/1978); Tsubo, Berkeley, CA (02/??/1958-10/17/1978).
Photographer: Jan Persson.
Arranger: Norman Simmons.
While no innovator, the late Johnny Griffin was one of the greatest post-Sonny Rollins tenor saxophone stylists. Griffin combined the big, hard-edged tone of Rollins and Dexter Gordon with the blues roots of his Chicago upbringing--the result was a distinctively agile, speedy, and assertive style. This BEST OF collects Griffin's recordings for the Riverside and Fantasy labels circa 1953-78 (leaning toward the earlier years, as he relocated to Europe in 1963). Mostly bebop standards, BEST gives a dandy sampling of his early recordings as a leader--it's some of the best straight-up hard bop extant.
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  • Sales Rank: 31,457
  • UPC: 888072313323
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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