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From Johnny Griffin With Love

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Disc 1 of 2
01
What Is This Thing Called Love
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Art Taylor
17:37
 
02
Body And Soul
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Art Taylor
8:48
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Wee Dot
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Art Taylor
4:51
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Doctor's Blues
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Art Taylor
19:24
 
05
Exactly Like You
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Art Taylor
10:00
 
06
A Night In Tunisia
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Art Taylor
8:30
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Disc 2 of 2
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Blues Up And Down
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry Pickens, Curtis Lundy & Kenny Washington
10:51
 
02
Oh, Gee
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry Pickens, Curtis Lundy & Kenny Washington
9:59
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Call It What You Wanna
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry Pickens, Curtis Lundy & Kenny Washington
10:43
 
04
Funky Fluke
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry Pickens, Curtis Lundy & Kenny Washington
12:14
 
05
Hey Lock
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry Pickens, Curtis Lundy & Kenny Washington
14:44
 
06
Lester Leaps In
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry Pickens, Curtis Lundy & Kenny Washington
11:19
 
07
Intermission Riff
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry Pickens, Curtis Lundy & Kenny Washington
3:22
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08
Just Friends
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Jens Melgaard & Ole Streenberg
8:43
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09
If I Should Lose You
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Jens Melgaard & Ole Streenberg
14:10
 
10
Hush-A-Bye
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Jens Melgaard & Ole Streenberg
13:28
 
11
Slukefter Blues
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Jens Melgaard & Ole Streenberg
14:49
 
12
Isfahan
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Jens Melgaard & Ole Streenberg
12:18
 
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Rhythm-A-Ning
Artist: Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Jens Melgaard & Ole Streenberg
5:46
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Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 211:36

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Very good, but ...

nanibgal

This is all very good music, both the quartet material and the quintet, but be aware that it has all been released before on cd's that are available here (Catharsis, Live in Copenhagen, Tough Tenors Again). It seems that all these Storyville multiple packs are re-releases.

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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. – Ken Dryden

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