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Johnny Griffin

Geoffrey Smith explores the music of saxophone player Johnny Griffin, known as 'the little giant of the tenor'. Including a series of saxophone duels with Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis.

"The little giant of the tenor", Johnny Griffin was famed for a fast and furious attack, teeming with ideas and excitement. A star first in America and then in Europe, he made classic records with Thelonious Monk and a battling series of saxophone duels with Eddie Lockjaw Davis, which Geoffrey Smith includes in this Griffin tribute.

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Sun 23 Aug 2015 00:00

Music Played

  • Art Blakey

    Evidence

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

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Art Blakey.
    • Verve.
    • 549 089-2. Tr.3 (6.41).
  • Johnny Griffin

    Woody'n You

    Composer: Gillespie Performers: Johnny Griffin, ts; Kenny Drew, p; Wilbur Ware, b; Philly Joe Jones, d. 25 February 1958

    • The Johnny Griffin Sextet.
    • Riverside.
    • RLP 264. S1/3 (6.05).
  • Thelonious Monk

    Let's Cool One

    Composer: Monk Performers: Thelonious Monk, p; Johnny Griffin, ts; Ahmed-Abdul Malik, b; Roy Haynes, d. 7 August 1958

    • Complete Live at the Five Spot 1958.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • LHJ 10360. D1, Tr. 10 (9.14).
  • Johnny Griffin

    Wade in the Water

    Composer: Trad Performers: Clark Terry, Bob Bryant, t; Julian Priester, Matthew Gee, tb; Pat Patrick, as; Johnny Griffin, Eddie Williams, ts; Charles Davis, bs; Harold Mabern, p; Bob Cranshaw, b; Charlie Persip, d; Norman Simmons, arr. 24 May 1960

    • Johnny Griffin Orchestra.
    • Fresh Sound Records.
    • FSR-CD 723. Tr.1 (3.45).
  • Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis

    Twins

    Composer: Davis, Griffin Performers: Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Johnny Griffin, ts; Junior Mance, p; Larry Gales, b; Ben Riley, d. November 1960

    • Tough Tenors.
    • Jazzland.
    • JLP 21; S1/3 (6.29).
  • The Kenny Clarke - Francy Boland Big Band

    Sweet and Lovely

    Composer: Arnheim, Tobias, Lemar Performers: Kenny Clarke, d; Francy Boland, p, arr; Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, Jimmy Deuchar, Sony Grey, t; Ake Persson, Nat Peck, Erik van Lier, tb; Derek Humble, as; Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, ts; Sahib Shihab, bs; Jimmy Woode, b; Dave Pike, vib. 1968

    • All Smiles.
    • Polydor.
    • 583 727. S2/4 (3.36).
  • Martial Solal & Johnny Griffin

    In and Out

    Composer: Solal Performers: Martial Solal, p; Johnny Griffin, s. 1999

    • In & Out.
    • Dreyfus.
    • FDM366102. (1); TR.3 (4.46).
  • Thelonious Monk

    Rhythm-a-ning

    Composer: Monk Performers: Thelonious Monk, p; Johnny Griffin, ts; Ahmed-Abdul Malik, b; Roy Haynes, d. 7 August 1958

    • Complete Live at the Five Spot 1958.
    • Lonehill.
    • LHJ 10360. D1, Tr.3 (9.25).
  • Art Blakey

    Evidence

    Performer: Johnny Griffin. Performer: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Performer: Thelonious Monk.
    • Art Blakey Ken Burn's Jazz.
    • Verve.
    • 3.
  • Johnny Griffin

    Woody'n You

    Performer: Kenny Drew. Performer: Johnny Griffin. Performer: Kenny Drew. Performer: Wilbur Ware. Performer: Philly Joe Jones.
    • Way Out!.
    • Riverside.
    • 3.
  • Thelonious Monk

    Let's Cool One

    Performer: Johnny Griffin. Performer: Thelonious Monk Quartet.
    • Thelonious Monk/Johnny Griffin - Complete Live at the Five Spot 1958.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • 10.
  • Johnny Griffin

    Wade In The Water

    Performer: Johnny Griffin. Performer: Johnny Griffin Orchestra.
    • Johnny Griffin Orchestra.
    • Fresh Sound Records.
    • 1.
  • Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis

    Twins

    Performer: Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis. Performer: Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. Performer: Johnny Griffin. Performer: Junior Mance. Performer: Larry Gales. Performer: Ben Riley.
    • Tough Tenors.
    • Jazzland.
    • 3.
  • The Kenny Clarke - Francy Boland Big Band

    Sweet And Lovely

    Performer: Johnny Griffin. Performer: The Kenny Clarke - Francy Boland Big Band.
    • All Smiles.
    • MPS.
    • 9.
  • Martial Solal & Johnny Griffin

    In And Out

    • In & Out.
    • Drefus.
    • 3.
  • Thelonious Monk

    Rhythm-A-Ning

    Performer: Johnny Griffin. Performer: Thelonious Monk Quartet.
    • Thelonious Monk/Johnny Griffin - Complete Live at the Five Spot 1958.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • 3.

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