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Johnny Griffin was a short man in stature but his sound was big and loud! This is why he was known as the “Little Giant.” There was never a dull moment with his playing style, as he improvised constantly and in his own unique exciting manner, very impressive indeed! This particular album which was appropriately named “The Little Giant” was his six recording of a consistent career that spanned over 40 years and until the year 2000, check his discography here. This is a no-brainer, get it, ENJOY!

About the album:

A bit of an offbeat session for tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, The Little Giant features three originals by then-obscure pianist Norman Simmons, a reworking of the pop tune “Playmates,” Babs Gonzalez’s “Lonely One,” and the tenorist’s “63rd Street Theme.” Simmons’ arrangements for the three horns (which include trumpeter Blue Mitchell and trombonist Julian Priester) are colorful; the rhythm section (pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath) is state of the art….Read More

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This was just playing, a taste of Jazz Con Class Radio!! Here's "Sweet Sakeena" from Art Blakey's 1957 CLASSIC recording "Hard Drive." GREAT STUFF! This band was a great Jazz Messenger from the early days!! ENJOY!I
Art Blakey - drums
Bill Hardman - trumpet
Johnny Griffin - tenor saxophone
Junior Mance (tracks 1, 2 & 4-7), Sam Dockery (track 3) - piano
Spanky DeBrest - bass
Recorded on October 9 & 11, 1957, New York CityBill Hardman - tp Johnny Griffin - ts Junior Mance - p Spanky De Brest - b Art Blakey - d from the hardrive album recorded at 1957 for bethlehem label.
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This is Johnny Griffin’s unofficial debut album and was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s Hackensack studio on April 17 of the year 1956. This reissued CD album has two extra tracks that did not appear in the original vinyl version. “J.G” actually was actually recorded beforehand and earlier in the same year and was issued with the Argo label but was released in 1958. This album “Introducing” is as good and like “all” Hard Bop records from the late 50’s, its another classic. There’s not much of a description for this album but I can tell you from listening to it numerous times, it really jams! You can hear the musicians who accompany him in the recording (Wynton Kelly on piano, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on the drums) talking in the background, urging on Johnny Griffin who is wailing and challenging his usual bluesy spontaneous pace. Nice and straight forward Hard Bop from one of the best, “Little Giant.” Enjoy!

 

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