Johnny Griffin : The Little Giant

Johnny Griffin : The Little Giant


Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Wynton Kelly (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Albert Heath (drums)

Riverside 1149

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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1 - Olive Refractions
2 - The Message
3 - Lonely One
4 - 63rd Street Theme
5 - Playmates
6 - Venus And The Moon

Recorded on August 4–5, 1959, at Plaza Sound Studios in New York City.

One of the most formidable improvisers of the post-bebop 1950s, Johnny Griffin attracted more than his share of nicknames: Little Giant referred jointly to his large musical stature and small size; the widely-used Fastest Gun in the West placed (in the tenor player's own opinion) undue emphasis on his ability to perform at blistering tempos. This album, his third with Riverside, was the first of several attempts to change Griffin's image through more carefully structured albums; in this case Norman Simmons' arrangements played by a strong sextet featuring Blue Mitchell and Wynton Kelly.

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.