Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin : The Tenor Scene

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin : The Tenor Scene


Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Junior Mance (piano), Larry Gales (bass), Ben Riley (drums)

Prestige 7191

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record






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A1 - Light And Lovely
A2 - Straight, No Chaser
B1 - Woody'n You
B2 - Bingo Domingo
B3 - I'll Remember April

Recorded on January 6, 1961, live at Minton's Playhouse, New York City, by Rudy Van Gelder.

During the two-year existence of their "Tough Tenors" quintet, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (a Prestige artist) and Johnny Griffin (under contract to Riverside/Jazzland) satisfied their contractual obligations by recording five albums for each company. This was the pair's first for Prestige, and the first of a four-album series taped over the course of an extremely productive evening at the legendary Minton's Playhouse in Harlem. The album, also known as The Breakfast Show in an earlier reissue, gives the rhythm section several opportunities to shine, with Ben Riley's drums dominant on "Woody'n You," "Bingo Domingo" featuring Larry Gale's bass, and Junior Mance's piano solo almost stealing the show on "Light and Lovely." It is the leaders, though, who consistently deliver with their complimentary brand of intensity, which is heard at the boil throughout and reaches a particular peak when they exchange ideas on "Straight, No Chaser."

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of -the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.