Recorded by JOHNNY GRIFFIN on INTRODUCING JOHNNY GRIFFIN
Blue Note: BLP 1533 / Recorded on April 17, 1956
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, C treble clef
3rd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, C treble clef
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
A hard-swinging twelve bar blues that will be appreciated by both audience members and performers, this one employs rhythm section breaks built in on the head. It gives horn players experience phrasing together over silence, and rhythm section players experience playing arranged hits. The toe tapping gospelish feel is a kick.
SOLOS: Standard 12-bar blues form
JOHNNY GRIFFIN (b. 1928). Known as "The Little Giant" by jazz fans and musicians alike for his ferocity on the tenor saxophone, Johnny Griffin is a living legend. Griffin was born in Chicago into a musical family. His mother sang and his father played the cornet. He began his studies on clarinet in high school in 1941, but quickly gravitated toward the tenor sax. His long and prolific career began in Lionel Hampton's band in 1945, and he stinted with Joe Morris, Joe Jones, Arnett Cobb, Art Blakey, and Thelonious Monk until the late 1950s. Griffin had an important collaboration with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis between '60 and '62, after which he moved to Europe, where he is still living. He has performed in many if not all of the important jazz clubs in Europe. His style, greatly influenced by hard bop players such as Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray initially, has become instantly identifiable and truly unique.
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