Tough Tenors Again 'n' Again

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin met in a series of "Tough Tenors" small-group record dates in the early '60s, Davis' hard-blowing style blending perfectly with the lighter but no less intense sound of Griffin. This reunion came about not long after Davis guested in the Kenny Clarke & Francy Boland Big Band in which Griffin was a regular, prompting a small-group record date with the big band's rhythm section Boland, Clarke, and bassist Jimmy Woode. There is no less fire in this reunion, and Boland's arrangements bring out the best in both tenor saxophonists. The two men likely penned the breezy "Again 'n' Again" on the spot, an engaging riff tune that proves to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin met in a series of "Tough Tenors" small-group record dates in the early '60s, Davis' hard-blowing style blending perfectly with the lighter but no less intense sound of Griffin. This reunion came about not long after Davis guested in the Kenny Clarke & Francy Boland Big Band in which Griffin was a regular, prompting a small-group record date with the big band's rhythm section Boland, Clarke, and bassist Jimmy Woode. There is no less fire in this reunion, and Boland's arrangements bring out the best in both tenor saxophonists. The two men likely penned the breezy "Again 'n' Again" on the spot, an engaging riff tune that proves to be a solid opener. The extended loping rendition of Dizzy Gillespie's "Tin Tin Deo" is a particular highlight, especially for the unusual brooding sound of the tenors. Davis' sassy blues "Jim Dawg" is gritty and swinging. There are also individual features for both saxophonists. Griffin's melancholy ballad "When We Were One" is an emotional work, while Davis' robust interpretation of the standard "If I Had You" begins with a powerful unaccompanied introduction, with sublime accompaniment by the rhythm section. This 2012 reissue by Promising Music not only greatly improves the sound but adds updated liner notes by Davis biographer Mike Hennessey.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • Label: Promising Music
  • UPC: 602537004362
  • Catalog Number: 22
  • Sales rank: 248,841

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Again 'n' Again (3:29)
  2. 2 Tin Tin Deo (10:06)
  3. 3 If I Had You (4:20)
  4. 4 Jim Dawg (8:15)
  5. 5 When We Were One (7:47)
  6. 6 Gigi (5:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin Quintet Primary Artist
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Indexed Contributor, Tenor Saxophone
Francy Boland Piano
Johnny Griffin Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Woode Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
Technical Credits
Francy Boland Arranger
Johnny Griffin Composer
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Composer
Mike Hennessey Liner Notes
Wolfgang Hirschmann Engineer
Heinz Bahr Layout
Gigi Campi Producer
Ted Shapiro Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Jürgen Schwab Reissue Design
Bob Houston Original Liner Notes
Consul Bodo Jacoby Reissue Producer, Reissue Concept
Götz-Michael Rieth Liner Notes
James Campbell Composer
Walter Kolosky translation
Chano Pozo Gonzales Composer
Walter Gilbert Fuller Composer
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