Winter Sun! Five nights in Tunisia!

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Here’s the idea, hope you like it. Often, posts have been about this record or that artist or that label. But if we dice and slice things differently, hold the tune fixed, vary the players, instruments and timeframe, crystallise the different approach of different artists, and different fluency … Continue reading

Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia (1957) mono test pressing vs commercial release “stereo”

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 Shoot out with a twist. What was intended to be a two-way shoot out – test press vs  commercial release and mono vs stereo, quickly unravelled when the stereo turned out not to be quite what it said on the cover. … Continue reading

Art Blakey Jazz Messengers: For Minors Only (1957) President (Fr)

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Selection: For Minors Only (Heath) Artists: Bill Hardman (t) Johnny Griffin (ts) Junior Mance (p) Spanky DeBrest (b) Art Blakey (d)Recorded: New York City, NY October 11, 1957 An early Blakey line-up in the years before Mobley/Timmons came on the scene – late 1957 … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Misterioso (1958) Riverside Orpheum

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Selection: Misterioso (Monk) stereo Artists Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 7, 1958; Cover Painting The Seer Giorgio de Chirico Music Johnny Griffin features prominently  in … Continue reading

Thelonious in Action (1958) Riverside

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Track Selection:  Coming on the Hudson Artists  Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 7, 1958, Music The Track Listing: Light Blue Coming On The Hudson … Continue reading

Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis/ Johnny Griffin: The Tenor Scene (1961) Esquire

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Track Selection: Straight No Chaser Artists Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Griffin (ts) Junior Mance (p) Larry Gales (b) Ben Riley (d) recorded live at Minton’s Playhouse, Harlem, NYC, Breakfast set, January 6, 1961 The so-called “Tough Tenors” quintet, a two-year collaboration between … Continue reading

Johnny Griffin Foot Patting (1968)

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Track Selection 1: The Turks Bolero (Boland) Sahib Shihab! Selection 2: The Jampfs are Coming (Griffin) Artists: Benny Bailey (tp flg) Ake Persson (tb) Johnny Griffin,  (ts) Sahib Shihab (bars) Francy Boland (p) Jimmy Woode (b)  Kenny Clare, Kenny Clarke … Continue reading