(b. 4/24/28 - Chicago, IL d. 7/25/08 - Availles-Limouzine, France)
|Title: Way Out!
Personnel: Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Kenny Drew (piano), Wilbur Ware (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).
Comments: Johnny Griffin, originally from Chicago, first made a name for himself in the 1950's on these Blue Note releases. Known as "The Little Giant," his sound was unique as was his phrasing and delivery. You knew it was him on tenor after only a few notes. And this quote from 1993 says it all: "It's not like I'’m looking to prove anything anymore," he At this age, what can I prove? I'm concentrating more on the beauty in the music, the humanity."
|Title: The Big Soul Band
Personnel: Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), various: Clark Terry (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Frank Strozier (alto sax), Harold Mabern (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Charlie Persip (drums).
|Title: Woe Is Me
Personnel: Johnny Griffin (tenor sax). Michael Weiss (piano), Dennis Irwin (bass), Kenny Washington (drums).
Label: Jazz Hour
Comments: This band has been together for over ten years, and you can tell when you hear them. The crisp, clean drumming of Kenny Washington is a perfect complement to Griffin's soulful delivery. And John Webber and Michael Weiss are staple players on the current New York jazz scene.
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