Milkshake – Johnny Griffin
An uptempo romp with a calypso-like groove. The 12-measure A sections are like a descending blues, but with a twist. A transcription of Johnny's tenor solo is available.
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- Recording: Bennie Green - Glidin' Along
- Recorded on: March 22, 1961
- Label: Jazzland (JLP 43)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (medium up)
- Trombone - Bennie Green
- Tenor Sax - Johnny Griffin
- Piano - Junior Mance
- Bass - Larry Gales
- Drums - Ben Riley
The first solo chorus has a "send-off" for the first four measures of the A and C sections; on the recording, this is a trombone solo and the tenor plays the melody on the "send-offs", which continue the groove of the head while the rest of the chorus is swung.
About the arrangement: The horns are harmonized in thirds for most of the A section, becoming sixths for the bridge. On the recording, the melody is split between the two horns: the trombone has the top part for the first four measures of the A section, and the tenor sax moves to the top part for the following six measures, with trombone back on top for the last two. The bridge also has the trombone on top.
In addition to the lead sheet and the 2nd part, which shows the entire harmony part that is below the melody, we also have trombone and tenor sax parts "as recorded," showing the arrangement from the recording.
April 24, 1928 – July 25, 2008
A tenor saxophonist of amazing energy and invention, Griffin was influenced by such revered artists as Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker and Ben Webster. He was first heard prominently in his youth with Lionel Hampton's orchestra from 1945-47, making his first recording with Hamp when he was only 17 years old. In 1947, Griffin joined Joe Morris's rhythm & blues group. Morris (trumpet) had also been a recording member of Hamp's bands since 1943. He left Hamp a little before Johnny did. By 1948 the Morris band had changed personnel to include Elmo Hope (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums) along with Matthew Gee on trombone. Read more...