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on March 18, 2012
~ Johnny is one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists. Not only could he easily negotiate the tricky harmonic changes and swift tempos of modern music, but he could masterfully interpret tender ballads. All of that and more are on display in this wonderful 61 minute CD from 1990. By the time of this recording Johnny was no longer the fire-breathing young tenor player; he had matured into the swinging saxman featured here.
~ The Cat: a funky little tune that makes one think of Monk meets "The Pink Panther Theme". Nice solos by Griffin, Michael Weiss (piano), and Curtis Fuller (trombone).
~ Wistful: another Monkish quirky tune, this one in waltz time with Griffin and Weiss stating the theme in unison. Weiss presents a fine solo, after which Weiss and Griffin play an intricately woven duet.
~ What Do You Do?: slow-to-medium tempo tune featuring a lot of unison Griffin-Nelson playing, and fine solos by Griffin and Steve Nelson on vibes.
~ Chicago Calling: a medium-up tempo romp showing that Johnny could still play at breakneck speeds when necessary. Nice solo by Weiss and excellent support and solo from bassist Dennis Irwin.
~ Woe Is Me: a lament with Johnny telling a sad story on the tenor.
~ The Count: a groovy lyrical tune featuring Griffin, Fuller, Nelson and Weiss
~ 63rd Street Theme: a blazing exhibit of Johnny Griffin's strength and technique.
~ Hot Sake: drummer Kenny Washington gets a chance to show his talent on this up-tempo takeoff on "What is This Thing Called Love?".
~ Waltz for Me: a hauntingly beautiful melody showing Johnny Griffin at his tender best.
~ A highly recommended, excellently recorded CD by the Little Giant from Chicago.
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on May 18, 2015
A great Griffin recording
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2003
reviewed!Too bad too, because the tunes on here are just awsomely smooth,attracted to each and every tonic touch employed therein.Anyway... and this 1990 release is 'Out Of Stock'?Don't tell me this is catalogue deletion?
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