The Best of Johnny Griffin

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Nick Phillips compiled this chronologically arranged nine-track overview of the career of "The Little Giant," Johnny Griffin, as a leader and as a sideman for the Riverside, Jazzland, Prestige, and Galaxy catalogs. The recording dates mainly range from 1958-1962, though the final track, a lovely version of "Autumn Leaves," comes from a 1978 session. There is only one original on the set, the wonderful "63rd Street Theme" from the album The Little Giant, in 1959. Other albums represented here are Way Out!, The Little Giant, Johnny Griffin Sextet, Tough Tenors, and The Tenor Scene with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Thelonious Monk's Thelonious in Action, the great Big Soul Band ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Nick Phillips compiled this chronologically arranged nine-track overview of the career of "The Little Giant," Johnny Griffin, as a leader and as a sideman for the Riverside, Jazzland, Prestige, and Galaxy catalogs. The recording dates mainly range from 1958-1962, though the final track, a lovely version of "Autumn Leaves," comes from a 1978 session. There is only one original on the set, the wonderful "63rd Street Theme" from the album The Little Giant, in 1959. Other albums represented here are Way Out!, The Little Giant, Johnny Griffin Sextet, Tough Tenors, and The Tenor Scene with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Thelonious Monk's Thelonious in Action, the great Big Soul Band session from 1960, Wes Montgomery's Full House, and Return of the Griffin from 1978. The highlights of the set include the big band's version of "Wade in the Water," the blazing version of "Cherokee," and the reading of Lester Young's "Tickle Toe." Other highlights -- though non-musical ones -- are the insightful and engaging -- as well as authoritative -- liner notes by author and critic Ashley Khan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 888072313323
  • Catalog Number: 31332
  • Sales rank: 151,098

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cherokee (6:47)
  2. 2 Woody 'N You (6:12)
  3. 3 Rhythm-A-Ning (9:33)
  4. 4 63Rd Street Theme (7:34)
  5. 5 Tickle Toe (5:30)
  6. 6 Wade in the Water (3:48)
  7. 7 Straight, No Chaser (10:11)
  8. 8 Full House (9:15)
  9. 9 Autumn Leaves (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Griffin Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Drew Piano
Ray Drummond Bass
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Wes Montgomery Guitar
Julian Priester Trombone
Wilbur Ware Bass
Matthew Gee Trombone
Bob Bryant/Marshall Dodge Trumpet
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Ben Riley Drums
Ahmed Abdul-Malik Bass
Paul Chambers Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Keith Copeland Drums
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Roy Haynes Drums
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Harold Mabern Piano
Junior Mance Piano
Ronnie Mathews Piano
Thelonious Monk Piano
Pat Patrick Alto Saxophone
Charlie Persip Drums
Edwin Williams Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Davis Baritone Saxophone
Larry "Lonnie" Gales Bass
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Johnny Griffin Composer
Wes Montgomery Composer
Norman Simmons Arranger
Lester Young Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Ray Fowler Engineer
Jack Higgins Engineer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Eddie Bill Harris Engineer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Andrew Pham Art Direction
Rydt VanGelder Engineer
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