The Best of Johnny Griffin

The Best of Johnny Griffin

by Johnny Griffin


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2009
Label: Riverside
UPC: 0888072313323
catalogNumber: 31332
Rank: 199242

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
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
Matthew Gee   Trombone

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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