Same To You – Johnny Griffin
Griffin's unconventional, no-holds-barred creativity grabs your attention in this uptempo swinger.
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- Recording: Johnny Griffin - Change Of Pace
- Recorded on: February 7, 1961
- Label: Riverside (RLP 368)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Tenor Sax - Johnny Griffin
- Bass - Bill Lee & Larry Gales
- Drums - Ben Riley
Don Sickler: "I think of the melody as a great, playful Johnny Griffin technical etude. The melody and solo section is AABA, with an eight-measure interlude after the opening melody to set up a solo break."
Johnny Griffin, an exceptionally creative musician, was always pushing forward, thinking of new ways to explore and develop the music, and this time he tried a different instrumentation for new sound combinations, a "Change Of Pace." No harmony instrument (piano or guitar), just two basses.
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...