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Johnny Griffin

One of the all-time great tenor saxophonists, Johnny Griffin will go down in the annals of jazz as a performer easily able to negotiate the tricky harmonic changes and swift tempos of modern music. He'll also be remembered as a player who could masterfully interpret tender ballads, rivaling Ben Webster in that regard.

Born John Arnold Griffin III in Chicago, Illinois, on April 24, 1928, he resided on the South Side of the Second City with his mother, who was a singer, and father, who played cornet. An adolescent Griffin heard Gene Ammons play in the big band of King Kolax. Two years later he picked up an alto saxophone, and soon thereafter was working with bluesman T-Bone Walker. A student at DuSable High School, he was tutored by the legendary band director Captain Walter Dyett. Upon graduation, he toured with Lionel Hampton's big band, switched to the tenor sax, and moved to New York City. The late '40s saw Griffin honking his share of R&B with Joe Morris up to 1950, alongside the band of Jo Jones in 1950, and with Arnett Cobb in 1951. He enlisted in the armed services stationed in Hawaii, and played in an Army band.

After his military commitment, he returned to Chicago and was in the company of Thelonious Monk's various ensembles up to the mid-'60s. Griffin cut his Blue Note album Introducing Johnny Griffin in 1958, and that year formed a sextet with Detroiters Pepper Adams and Donald Byrd. He collaborated with pianists Bud Powell and Elmo Hope, was enlisted by Art Blakey briefly as a member of the Jazz Messengers, energized his solo recording career for the Riverside label, and obtained his nickname, The Little Giant, with that eponymously titled LP in 1959. His most famous and popular teaming was with fellow saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. Griffin also recorded the legendary A Blowin' Session for the Blue Note label with John Coltrane and Hank Mobley.

But Griffin grew weary of the U.S. and its apathy regarding jazz, so he became an expatriate. He was living in Paris, France, by 1963, and did many albums with European rhythm sections for the Storyville, Black Lion, and Steeplechase labels. He was also a charter member and chief soloist for many years in the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band alongside American and Continental standouts. The year 1975 was an important one for Griffin, who was featured with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie as documented in recordings of their sets at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He also collaborated with German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger and his fusion band Passport. In the late '70s, Griffin returned to the States to record for the Galaxy label, and toured with fellow expatriate tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

He left Paris for the countryside of the Netherlands to live on a farm, then headed to the Côte d'Azur in 1980, and in 1984 to rural Availles-Limouzine. In 1986 he was a member of the Paris Reunion Band with Woody Shaw, Dizzy Reece, Slide Hampton, and Kenny Drew, making one album for the Sonet label. During his time in France, Griffin recorded for the Antilles and Verve labels, including The Cat in 1991 and Chicago, New York, Paris in 1994. On the weeks of his birthday, Griffin made regular appearances at the Jazz Showcase back home in Chicago. In his later years he collaborated with pianist Martial Solal and saxophonist Steve Grossman. Griffin passed away at age 80 on July 25, 2008, at his home in Availles-Limouzine. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 63rd Street Theme

1. Save Your Love for Me

2. Funky Fluke

3. Tickle Toe

4. Twins

5. Soft Winds

6. Imagination

7. Lonely One

8. Olive Refractions

9. The Message

10. Playmates

11. Venus and the Moona

12. 63rd Street Theme

13. If I Had You

14. What's Happening?

15. Abundance

16. Hey Jim!

17. Pull My Coat

18. 63rd Street Theme (Alternate Version)

19. In Walked Bud

20. Ruby My Dear

21. Well, You Needn't

22. Rhythm-a-Ning

23. Stickball

24. Epistrophy

25. Round Midnight

26. Woody'n You

27. Stix' Trix

28. What's New?

29. Catharsis

30. Johnny G.G.

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Track List: Change of Pace (Bonus Track Version)

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Track List: Saxophone Jazz Greats

Disc 1

1. Imagination

2. 'Round Midnight

3. The Congregation

4. I'll Remember April

5. Main Spring

6. Epistrophy

7. In Walked Bud

8. Venus And The Moon

9. Midnight At Minton's

10. I Remember You

11. Second Balcony Jump

12. Rhythm-A-Ning

13. Tickle Toe

14. Olive Refractions

15. It's You Or No One

Disc 2

1. Soft Winds

2. Twins

3. Well, You Needn't

4. Stickball (I Mean You)

5. Hey Lock!

6. Latin Quarter

7. I'm Glad There Is You

8. Lonely One

9. 63rd Street Theme

10. Ruby, My Dear

11. Playmates

12. Good Bait

13. The Message

14. Save Your Love For Me

15. The Last Train From Overbrook

16. Funky Fluke

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Track List: From Johnny Griffin With Love

Disc 1

1. What Is This Thing Called Love

2. Body And Soul

3. Wee Dot

4. Doctor's Blues

5. Exactly Like You

6. A Night In Tunisia

Disc 2

1. Blues Up And Down

2. Oh, Gee

3. Call It What You Wanna

4. Funky Fluke

5. Hey Lock

6. Lester Leaps In

7. Intermission Riff

8. Just Friends

9. If I Should Lose You

10. Hush-A-Bye

11. Slukefter Blues

12. Isfahan

13. Rhythm-A-Ning

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Track List: Masters Of Jazz, Vol. 7

1. Wee Dot

2. Exactly Like You

3. A Night In Tunisia

4. Blues Up And Down

5. Lester Leaps In

6. Just Friends

7. Slukefter Blues

8. Rhythm-A-Ning

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Track List: Catharsis!

1. Just Friends

2. If I Should Loose You

3. Hush-A-Bye

4. Slukefter Blues

5. Isfahan

6. Rhythm-A-Ning

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Track List: White Gardenia

1. Gloomy Sunday

2. That Ole Devil Called Love

3. White Gardenia

4. God Bless The Child

5. Detour Ahead

6. Good Morning Heartache

7. Don't Explain

8. Travelin' Light

9. No More

10. Left Alone

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Track List: Chicago, New York, Paris

1. The Jamfs Are Coming

2. Do It

3. To Love

4. Hush A Bye

5. You Must Believe In Spring

6. Without A Song

7. Leave Me Alone

8. My Romance

9. Not Yet

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Track List: Dance Of Passion

1. From Here To There

2. Dance Of Passion

3. Make Up Your Mind

4. The Way It Is

5. Take My Hand

6. You've Never Been There

7. Dawn

8. All Through The Night

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Track List: The Cat

1. The Cat

2. Wistful

3. What Do You Do?

4. Chicago Calling

5. Woe Is Me

6. The Count

7. 63rd Street Theme

8. Hot Sake

9. Waltz For Ma

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Track List: Return Of The Griffin

1. Autumn Leaves

3. A Monk's Dream

4. The Way It Is

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Track List: The Man I Love

1. The Man I Love

2. Hush-A-Bye

3. Blues For Harvey

4. The Masquerade Is Over

5. Sophisticated Lady

6. Wee

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Track List: The Kerry Dancers

1. The Kerry Dancers

2. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair

3. Green Grow The Rushes

4. The Londonderry Air

5. 25 1/2 Daze

6. Oh, Now I See

7. Hush-A-Bye

8. Ballad For Monsieur

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Track List: Ball Bearing

1. Ball Bearings

2. All The Things You Are

3. Smoke Stack

4. The Way You Look Tonight

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Track List: Way Out!

1. Where's Your Overcoat, Boy?

2. Hot Sausage

3. Sunny Monday

4. Cherokee

5. Teri's Tune

6. Little John

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Track List: The Little Giant

1. Olive Refractions

2. The Message

3. Lonely One

4. 63rd Street Theme

5. Playmates

6. Venus And The Moon

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Track List: The Congregation

1. The Congregation

2. Latin Quarter

3. I'm Glad There Is You

4. Main Spring

5. It's You Or No One

6. I Remember You

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Track List: A Blowing Session

1. The Way You Look Tonight

2. Ball Bearing

3. All The Things You Are

4. Smoke Stack

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Track List: A Blowin' Session

1. The Way You Look Tonight

2. Ball Bearing

3. All The Things You Are

4. Smoke Stack

5. Smoke Stack (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Introducing: Johnny Griffin

1. Mil Dew

2. Chicago Calling

3. These Foolish Things

4. The Boy Next Door

5. Nice And Easy

6. It's All Right With Me

7. Lover Man

8. The Way You Look Tonight

9. Cherokee

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Track List: Johnny Griffin

1. I Cried For You

2. Satin Wrap

3. Yesterdays

4. Riff-Raff

5. Bee-Ees

6. The Boy Next Door

7. These Foolish Things

8. Lollypop

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First time hearing him. So beautiful!!!
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Amazing and under appreciated talent
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Very groove beat, "Black is The Color of My. ... Beautiful played
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Real cool. Never heard of this cat , this cat, hey man he can blow.
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frankgpotter
Cool , That's what I'm talking about
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Great Bass Solo yeah. Really great group.
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I just heard the song, The Londonderry Air and absolutely love it!
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Fantastic sound.
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The Little Giant as he was affectionate l y named was one of my favorite. Happened to be a relative too! Always looked forward to his return to the Blue Note and the Village Gate each year. Sorely Missed.. I'm sure he formed a big band inside the pearly gates.
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listening to way out cd tune is little john outstanding drummer
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saw him at the Blue Note with Kenny Washington, Bill Charlap,and Sean Smith. Griffin called the audience a bunch of JAMFS-- I don't think Pandora would allow me to tell you what that acronym stands for. Anyhow, he was still killin' it on stage two years ago.
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one of the best

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