JOHNNY GRIFFIN

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John Arnold Griffin III (1928 - 2008) was an American bop and hard bop tenor saxophonist. Like many other successful musicians from Chicago, he studied music at DuSable High School under Walter Dyett. Griffin, was reputed to be the 'World's Fastest Saxophonist' in the jazz idiom, though as he aged, and as the jazz audience declined, this accolade all but disappeared. In the 1940s and 1950s he worked in Lionel Hampton's and Joe Morris's bands, in The Jazz Messengers, and in the Thelonious Monk Quartet. From 1960 to 1962 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Griffin led their own group. Having felt he had achieved much in the USA, his pinnacle on record arguably the 1957 Blowin' session on the Blue Note label with fellow tenor John Coltrane, he moved to Europe. He lived in France in 1963, moving to the Netherlands in 1978, and he still continued to record and tour read more...
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JOHNNY GRIFFIN Discography

JOHNNY GRIFFIN albums / top albums

JOHNNY GRIFFIN Introducing Johnny Griffin album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Introducing Johnny Griffin
Bop 1956
JOHNNY GRIFFIN A Blowin' Session album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
A Blowin' Session
Hard Bop 1957
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin Sextet album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Johnny Griffin Sextet
Hard Bop 1958
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Way Out! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Way Out!
Hard Bop 1958
JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Congregation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Congregation
Hard Bop 1958
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Griffin Quartet
Bop 1958
JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Little Giant album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Little Giant
Hard Bop 1959
JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Big Soul-Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Soul-Band
Hard Bop 1960
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Tough Tenors album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tough Tenors
Hard Bop 1961
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Change of Pace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Change of Pace
Hard Bop 1961
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Studio Jazz Party (aka Jazzparty) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Studio Jazz Party (aka Jazzparty)
Hard Bop 1961
JOHNNY GRIFFIN White Gardenia, Johnny Griffin With Strings and Brass: A Tribute to Billie Holiday album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
White Gardenia, Johnny Griffin With Strings and Brass: A Tribute to Billie Holiday
Hard Bop 1961
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Blues Up And Down album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues Up And Down
Hard Bop 1961
JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Kerry Dancers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Kerry Dancers
Hard Bop 1962
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Tough Tenor Favorites album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Tough Tenor Favorites
Hard Bop 1962
JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Swingers Get The Blues Too... (aka Soul Groove) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Swingers Get The Blues Too... (aka Soul Groove)
Hard Bop 1963
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me
Hard Bop 1963
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Grab This! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grab This!
Hard Bop 1963
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Night Lady album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Lady
Hard Bop 1964
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Lady Heavy Bottom's Waltz (aka Foot Patting aka The Swinging... aka album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lady Heavy Bottom's Waltz (aka Foot Patting aka The Swinging... aka
Hard Bop 1968
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Jazz A Confronto 10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz A Confronto 10
Hard Bop 1974
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Return of the Griffin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Return of the Griffin
Hard Bop 1979
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Bush Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bush Dance
Hard Bop 1979
JOHNNY GRIFFIN NYC Underground album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
NYC Underground
Hard Bop 1981
JOHNNY GRIFFIN To The Ladies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To The Ladies
Hard Bop 1982
JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Johnny Griffin Quartet : Meeting album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Johnny Griffin Quartet : Meeting
Hard Bop 1982
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Call It Whachawana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Call It Whachawana
Hard Bop 1983
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin Meets Dexter Gordon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Griffin Meets Dexter Gordon
Hard Bop 1984
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Continent Bleu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Continent Bleu
Hard Bop 1988
JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Cat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cat
Hard Bop 1991
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Dance of Passion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dance of Passion
Hard Bop 1993
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Chicago, New York, Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chicago, New York, Paris
Hard Bop 1994
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Close Your Eyes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Close Your Eyes
Hard Bop 2000
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin & Steve Grossman Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Griffin & Steve Grossman Quintet
Hard Bop 2001

JOHNNY GRIFFIN EPs & splits

JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Griffin
Bop 1958

JOHNNY GRIFFIN live albums

JOHNNY GRIFFIN Jazz Jamboree 63 Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Jamboree 63 Vol. 2
Hard Bop 1963
JOHNNY GRIFFIN You Leave Me Breathles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Leave Me Breathles
Hard Bop 1972
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Blues For Harvey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues For Harvey
Hard Bop 1973
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Live In Tokyo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Tokyo
Hard Bop 1976
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin Meets Dexter Gordon : Jazz Undulation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Griffin Meets Dexter Gordon : Jazz Undulation
Hard Bop 1977
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin / Art Taylor Quartet ‎: The Jamfs Are Coming! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Griffin / Art Taylor Quartet ‎: The Jamfs Are Coming!
Hard Bop 1978
JOHNNY GRIFFIN A Night In Tunisia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night In Tunisia
Hard Bop 1979
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Jazzbühne Berlin '84 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazzbühne Berlin '84
Hard Bop 1984
JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Man I Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man I Love
Hard Bop 1988
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Body And Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Body And Soul
Hard Bop 1989
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Live/Autumn Leaves album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live/Autumn Leaves
Hard Bop 1997
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Live At The Jazzhus Montmartre Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Jazzhus Montmartre Vol.1
Hard Bop 1997
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Live At The Jazzhus Montmartre Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Jazzhus Montmartre Vol.2
Hard Bop 1997
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin and the Great Danes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Griffin and the Great Danes
Hard Bop 2003
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Jazz At Prague Castle 2007 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz At Prague Castle 2007
Hard Bop 2007
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Live at Ronnie Scott's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Ronnie Scott's
Hard Bop 2008
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Polish Radio Jazz Archives vol. 13 : Jazz Jambore'63 vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Polish Radio Jazz Archives vol. 13 : Jazz Jambore'63 vol. 2
Hard Bop 2014
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1975
Hard Bop 2017
JOHNNY GRIFFIN At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1975
Hard Bop 2017

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JOHNNY GRIFFIN re-issues & compilations

JOHNNY GRIFFIN Johnny Griffin (I grandi del Jazz, 40) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Johnny Griffin (I grandi del Jazz, 40)
Bop 1980
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Take My Hand album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Take My Hand
Hard Bop 1988
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Isfahan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Isfahan
Hard Bop 1993
JOHNNY GRIFFIN Griff'n'Bags album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Griff'n'Bags
Hard Bop 1999

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JOHNNY GRIFFIN The Little Giant

Album · 1959 · Hard Bop
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Johnny Griffin is a power house tenor player that deserves more recognition, but really, almost any great sax player who is not Coltrane or Charlie Parker could use a little more props. Johnny’s album, “The Little Giant”, came out in 1959, right in the middle of that mid 50s to mid 60s period in jazz when all the recordings sounded great and so many musicians were at a creative peak. Joining Griffin on here is an all-star cast, including a very young trombonist, Julian Priester. Julian will go on to perform avant-garde jazz with Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock’s electronic sextet and also some very out there combos of his own, so its interesting to hear him playing swinging solos in a hard bop context. The three man horn line is completed with Blue Mitchell on trumpet, giving the group an almost big band sound at times.

The three songs written by Norman Simmons make the most of this horn ensemble with complicated arrangements that often imitate big bands in their call and response between horn sections, and between soloist and ensemble. His, “Olive Refractions”, opens the album with high speed bop and the best arrangement on the album. Other tracks include Babs Gonzazlez’s, “Lonely One”, an exotic number that has Griffin playing a melody over tympani like tom toms before moving into a high speed free modal jam. “Playmates”, by Saxie Dowell is an odd choice with its bright major key contrasting with all the minor blues on this album. The song sounds like a cross between early New Orleans jazz and a TV beer commercial, but its sunny flavor does make for an interesting contrast. Griffin penned “63rd Street Theme”, a noire blues that would work great as a ‘crime jazz’ soundtrack.

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