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Johnny Griffin

An archive interview with Alyn Shipton and Geoffrey Smith in which the late tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin selects his favourite records.

In an archive interview with Alyn Shipton and Geoffrey Smith, the late Johnny Griffin selects his favourite records.
The tenor saxophonist was one of the most technically brilliant and audacious soloists in jazz. He died in 2008, but a year or two earlier, he joined Alyn Shipton and Geoffrey Smith in conversation at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival to discuss his personal favourites from his extensive catalogue of recordings.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Johnny Griffin

    Just Friends

    Composer: Lewes / Klenner Performers: Johnny Griffin, ts; Kenny Drew, p; Jens Melgaard, b; Olw Streenberg, d. 15 July 1989.

    • From Johnny Griffin With Love.
    • Storyville.
    • 1088605.
  • Johnny Griffin

    Mil Dew

    Composer: Griffin Performers: Johnny Griffin, ts; Curly Russell, b; Wynton Kelly, p; Max Roach, d. 17 April 1956.

    • Introducing Johnny Griffin.
    • Blue Note.
    • 74218.
  • Johnny Griffin

    The Way You Look Tonight

    Composer: Fields, Kern Performers: Johnny Griffin, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, ts; Lee Morgan, t; Wynton Kelly, p; Paul Chambers, b; Art Blakey, d. Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on April 6, 1957

    • Blowin’ Session.
    • Blue Note.
    • 99009.
  • Johnny Griffin

    I'm Glad there is you

    Composer: Madeira / Dorsey Performers: Johnny Griffin, ts; Sonny Clark, p; Paul Chambers, b; Kenny Dennis, d. Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on October 23, 1957.

    • The Congregation.
    • Blue Note.
    • 89383.
  • Thelonious Monk

    Coming on The Hudson

    Composer: Monk Performers: Johnny Griffin, ts; Thelonioius Monk, p; Ahmed Abdul-Malik, b; Roy Haynes, d. August 1958.

    • Thelonious In Action.
    • Riverside.
    • OJC 1032.
  • Art Blakey with Thelonious Monk

    Evidence

    Composer: Monk Performers: Bill Hardman, t; Johnny Griffin, ts; Thelonious Monk, p; Spanky DeBrest, b; Art Blakey, d. 15 May 1957.

    • Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk.
    • Atlantic / Rhino.
    • R2 75598.
  • Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin - Woody 'n' You

    Composer: Gillespie Performers: Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johnny Griffin, ts; Junior Mance, p; Larry Gales, b; Ben Riley, d. 6 Jan 1961.

  • Johnny Griffin

    Wee Dot

    Composer: J J Johnson Performers: Johnny Griffin, ts; Kenny Drew, p; NHOP, b; Art Taylor, d, 12 Dec 1964

    • From Johnny Griffin with Love.
    • Storyville.
    • 1088605.
  • Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin - Hey Lock

    Composer: Gillespie Performers: Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johnny Griffin, ts; Harry Pickens, p; Curtis Lundy, b; Kenny Washington, d. 10 July 1984.

  • The Kenny Clarke - Francy Boland Big Band

    Wormwood Scrubs

    Composer: Boland Performers: Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, Derek Watkins, Kenny Wheeler, tp; Åke Persson, Nat Peck, Eric van Lier, tb; Derek Humble, Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, Sahib Shihab, reeds; Francy Boland, p; Jimmy Woode, b; Kenny Clarke, d; Kenny Clare, d. Cologne, Germany, 5 Sep 1969.

    • At Her Majesty’s Pleasure.
    • Black Lion.
    • 2640 131.

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