From Johnny Griffin with Love

From Johnny Griffin with Love

by Johnny GriffinJohnny Griffin

CD(Bonus DVD)



This four-disc set features three complete live CDs featuring the late tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin plus a DVD with a 1981 set at the Village Vanguard, including all of the music from In Copenhagen, Tough Tenors Back Again!, and Catharsis! The first disc contains excerpts from three different engagements, all from 1964 with pianist Kenny Drew, the then-young bassist Niels Pedersen (who only turned 18 that very year), and drummer Art Taylor. The audio quality is not as good as the later sessions, as the drums are a bit more prominent than the piano, but sparks fly throughout each selection, highlighted by the sizzling "A Night in Tunisia." Disc two was one of nine record dates by Griffin with fellow tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, though sadly, it was to be their last recorded get-together prior to the latter's death in 1986. It's hard to beat the lively exchanges with the uptempo blues battle "Blues Up and Down," originated by Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt; they are egged on by a tremendous rhythm section consisting of Chicago pianist Harry Pickens, bassist Curtis Lundy, and the very much in demand drummer Kenny Washington. The fire continues in the romp through "Lester Leaps In," while Griffin's sassy blues "Call It What You Wanna" also merits praise. Disc three consists of a 1989 set with a local rhythm section in Copenhagen, anchored by the veteran expatriate American pianist Kenny Drew. Griffin's sense of humor is blended into his delicious bop chops in his breezy setting of "Just Friends," while the brisk, likely improvised "Skulefter Blues" showcases Drew and bassist Jens Melgaard along with the leader. The tenor saxophonist was a master of ballads, as displayed in his lush take of the gorgeous Billy Strayhorn masterpiece "Isfahan," taken at a very deliberate tempo. The DVD reprises the music from Griffin's VHS Jazz Life, though instead of pairing it with a separate set by Richie Cole on an earlier DVD reissue, two valuable tracks by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis from a 1985 club date in Copenhagen take are substituted. The tenorist's rapid-fire attack dominates his challenging "Blues for Gonz," with a series of hilarious quotes in his trading of fours with drummer Ed Thigpen. In his performance, Davis tackles extended treatments of "'S Wonderful" and "Shiny Stockings," with a gruffer sound that still swings like mad.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101860524
catalogNumber: 1088605


Disc 1

  1. What Is This Thing Called Love
  2. Body and Soul
  3. Wee Dot
  4. Doctor's Blues
  5. Exactly Like You
  6. A Night in Tunisia

Disc 2

  1. Blues Up and Down
  2. Oh, Gee
  3. Call It What You Wanna
  4. Funky Fluke
  5. Hey Lock
  6. Lester Leaps In
  7. Intermission Riff

Disc 3

  1. Just Friends
  2. If I Should Lose You
  3. Hush-A-Bye
  4. Slukefter Blues
  5. Isfahan
  6. Rhythm-A-Ning

Disc 4

  1. What Is This Thing Called Love
  2. Opening & Blues for Gonzi
  3. A Monk's Dream
  4. 56 & Closing
  5. 'S Wonderful
  6. Shiny Stockings

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Griffin   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Ray Drummond   Bass
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Curtis Lundy   Bass
Kenny Washington   Drums
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
Jesper Lundgaard   Bass
Ronnie Mathews   Piano
Ole Streenberg   Drums
Niels Jorgen Steen   Piano
Harry Pickens   Piano
Jens Melgaard   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Gene Ammons   Composer
Johnny Griffin   Composer
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Matthew Gee   Composer
Frank Foster   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Arranger
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Ray Wetzel   Composer
Ib Skovgaard   Producer
Mike Hennessey Chastet   Liner Notes
Johnnie Hjerting   Engineer
Anders Stefansen   Producer
John Klenner   Composer
Ole Matthiessen   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Ronald Skovdal   Engineer

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