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The Berlin Session

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Six of the eight tracks on this disc that lists tenor giant Johnny Griffin and Swedish trumpeter Rolf Ericson as leaders was recorded over two days in May of 1978 -- a great period creatively for Griffin. The other players on the date are pianist Fritz Pauer, bassist Lucas Lindholm, and drummer Ronnie Stephenson. The program consists of originals such as Ericson's smoking "Double Digit" and the elegant "Fragrance," and some fine covers including a solid reading of Bud Powell's "Oblivion." The final two tracks on this set were recorded a few months later with Griffin leading an entirely different band that included pianist Stanley Cowell, drummer Roy Haynes, and bassist Cecil...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Six of the eight tracks on this disc that lists tenor giant Johnny Griffin and Swedish trumpeter Rolf Ericson as leaders was recorded over two days in May of 1978 -- a great period creatively for Griffin. The other players on the date are pianist Fritz Pauer, bassist Lucas Lindholm, and drummer Ronnie Stephenson. The program consists of originals such as Ericson's smoking "Double Digit" and the elegant "Fragrance," and some fine covers including a solid reading of Bud Powell's "Oblivion." The final two tracks on this set were recorded a few months later with Griffin leading an entirely different band that included pianist Stanley Cowell, drummer Roy Haynes, and bassist Cecil McBee. Both cuts are excellent readings of the jazz standards "Billie's Bounce" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." All of this material has been available before on separate LP compilations, but the Jazz Lips imprint assembled the entire Griffin/Ericson session here for the first time on CD This disc features very fine straight-ahead blowing throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Jazz Lips
  • EAN: 8436028691869
  • Catalog Number: 2869186
  • Sales rank: 319,718

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Double Digit - Johnny Griffin Quintet (5:51)
  2. 2 Fragrance - Johnny Griffin Quintet (8:00)
  3. 3 Oblivion - Johnny Griffin Quintet (6:04)
  4. 4 Taboo - Johnny Griffin Quintet (5:51)
  5. 5 Sweet and Handsome - Johnny Griffin Quintet (4:41)
  6. 6 Korn Blues - Johnny Griffin Quintet (7:53)
  7. 7 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Johnny Griffin Quintet (9:43)
  8. 8 Billie's Bounce - Johnny Griffin Quintet (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Griffin Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Interviewee
Stanley Cowell Piano
Cecil McBee Bass
Rolf Ericson Trumpet
Roy Haynes Drums
Lucas Lindholm Bass
Fritz Pauer Piano
Ronnie Stephenson Drums
Technical Credits
Carmell Jones Arranger
Bud Powell Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Rolf Ericson Arranger, Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Fritz Pauer Arranger, Composer
Heinz Von Hermann Arranger, Composer
Margarita Lecuona Composer
S.K. Russell Composer
Bob Bernotas Interviewer
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