Introducing Johnny Griffin

Introducing Johnny Griffin


Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Curly Russell (bass), Max Roach (drums) 

Blue Note 1533

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Mil Dew
A2 - Chicago Calling
B1 - These Foolish Things
B2 - The Boy Next Door
C1 - Nice And Easy
C2 - It's Allright With Me
D  - Lover Man

Recorded on April 17, 1956, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Overshadowed by the acknowledged greats of jazz tenor saxophone such as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin was the equal of most; a fine, fast, bop stylist with a great reach. In this, his first album for Blue Note from 1956, he is heading upward at the beginning of the trajectory that would bring him to international attention. The band is superb with Wynton Kelly (piano), Curly Russell (bass) and Max Roach (drums) backing Johnny Griffin's fine, long solos to produce driving, full value, out front bop that is as fresh now as it was then. The remastering by Rudy Van Gelder, as always, adds the depth that had been lost in earlier transfers to CD format. The result is a fine undervalued album. 

The three Johnny Griffin originals "Mil Dew", "Chicago Calling" and "Nice and Easy" are stand out tracks that show the breadth of his composing and playing, from out front fast bop ("Mil Dew") through relaxed uptempo jazz ("Chicago Calling") to low down blues riff ("Nice and Easy"). But the most memorable track is the beautiful take on "Lover Man", the Ramirez/Sherman/Davis ballad that was to become a centre piece of Johnny Griffin's repertoire in years to come. Clearly a major statement in jazz. It is easy to see from this one album alone that he is a major jazz innovator worthy of closer attention than he has been given. It is fitting that this re-release turns the spotlight on his creativity once more.

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.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.