Sweet Sucker – Johnny Griffin
A very happy medium riff blues with simple rhythm section hits.
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- Recording: Bennie Green - Glidin' Along
- Recorded on: March 9, 1961
- Label: Jazzland (JLP 43)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trombone - Bennie Green
- Tenor Sax - Johnny Griffin
- Piano - Junior Mance
- Bass - Paul Chambers
- Drums - Ben Riley
Don Sickler: "It works great for rhythm section and a single horn, too. Several years ago, I gave it to the tenor saxophonist Houston Person (I knew he really loved Johnny Griffin), and he recorded an exceptionally soulful version. Johnny's version isn't available online, but Person's track can be purchased on a CD or at Amazon or iTunes.
Sweet Sucker also sounds great as an organ feature. Take a listen to organist Rhoda Scott.
Johnny started 1961 (on January 6) with a "live" session at Minton's Playhouse where several sets of music were recorded with the new two-tenor sax quintet he and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis had started in 1960. On February 7, this group was back in the studio recording another session. Johnny also started a new two-basses project that he finished later in the month, "Change Of Pace." The next session Johnny did was the one featured here, for Bennie Green.
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...