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The Kerry Dancers and Other Swinging Folk

Johnny GriffinAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jvc / Xrcd
  • ASIN: B000056MTX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Kerry Dancers
2. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
3. Green Grow The Rushes
4. The Londonderry Air
5. 25 1/2 Daze
6. Oh, Now I See
7. Hush-A-Bye
8. Ballad For Monsieur

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Extended resulution CD; this long out of print classic by tenor sax giant Johnny Griffin is back again in incredible XRCD sound - he's supported by an all star rhythm section of pianist Barry Harris, bassist Ron Carter & drummer Ben Riley. (Previously deleted:11/1/05. Original release date:10/30/01)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The right drive. June 21, 2004
By Jazzcat
Format:Audio CD
No long discussions on this album. Simply phenomenal Jazz from early sixties. Griffin plays magnificiently here, as he always did by the way. This album has nothing sloppy, no weak points, no folkish trash as the title might you think. Simply it is sixties Jazz very well spoken ... it's original in a sense, but very "in the pocket", very straight ahead post bop Jazz, with hard drive, focused and brilliant. Gold from its beginning to its ending. Uaoh!
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3.0 out of 5 stars DON'T WASTE MONEY ON THIS ISSUE OF THIS GREAT ALBUM April 28, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A lot of people out there complain when I review a CD and rate it for both the PERFORMANCE of the artist AND for the recording quality. Stereophile magazine rates albums for both performance AND recording quality.

This is necessary and justified because today, you can buy countless re-issues of an album and the ALBUM may be exactly the same, but the SOUND quality can vary wildly.

So, with this great masterpiece by Johnny Griffin, there are quite a few re-issues of this recording. It is offered on Vinyl, CD and of course MP3 etc.

I'm only talking about the Kerry Dancers CD. There are a few different issues of this great album. The most expensive one is THIS one (the Jvc / Xrcd) version for $27.15. This is supposed to be of much higher quality than the others.

I have ALL the issues of this CD including the vinyl issue.

Of the different CD versions, there is NO difference in sound quality between this issues Jvc / Xrcd for $27.15 versus the one going for $5.99 here on Amazon. I have done quite a few double blind listening tests with friends. The equipment used were 2 identical Sony SCD XA777ES CD players. (They were rated A+ in Stereophile maganize and go for over $3000.00 each). The Pre-Amp is an Audible Illusions Modulus 3A and the amp is a Cary Audio CAD-280SA V-12R. The speakers are Acoustic Zen Adagio's.

When switching from cd player 1 to cd player 2 on the fly, I couldn't tell any difference in the recording quality. Then each of my friends (all audiophile lunatics like myself) tried to discern a difference. The ONLY difference that we all detected was a slight volume increase in one CD over the other. Very slight but nothing to do with sound quality etc.

I buy literally hundreds of jazz recordings every year.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Little Giant's" Got'em Dancin' June 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"The Kerry Dancers," the follow-up to tenor-saxophonist Johnny Griffin's "Change of Pace" LP, finds the "Little Giant" changing his pace once again. These sessions from December 1961 and January 1962, trade in the unique, modern textures he created with french horn player Julius Watkins on "Pace" for an exploration of traditional folk songs and standards with the rhythm trio of Barry Harris, Ron Carter and Ben Riley. The album also contains three originals -- "25 1/2 Daze" and " Ballad for Monsieur" both by Sara Cassey, and "Oh, Now I See" by Griffin. This is an excellent disc overall, but my reason for withholding a fifth star is that although I appreciate Griffin venturing out to explore new territory on albums like "Change of Pace" and "The Kerry Dancers," I believe his earlier post-bop albums like "Johnny Griffin Sextet" (see my review) or "The Congregation," and his collaborations with Blakey and Monk, will always be the highlight of his career. But real fans of the "Little Giant" will want to dance with "Kerry" quickly, since this CD, like most of Griffin's OJC offerings, is a limited edition title.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the gaelic charm of johnny griffin May 31, 2009
By someguy
Format:Audio CD
before you get any funny ideas, you should know in advance that the treatments of irish folks songs only takes up half of this cd's length. that material is pretty fun and charming but it's probably for the best that it ends after 4 songs, because it'd likely get tiresome for a whole cd. the other 4 songs are more straightforward jazz. it's all well performed by a quartet that features the terrific pianist barry harris.

this is certainly worth having if you're a fan of johnny griffin or even if you just like good jazz. johnny griffin is my candidate for "unsung hero" of jazz. a wonderfully inventive and talented saxophonist, there doesn't seem to be much of a johnny griffin cult out there. even a hack like sonny stitt gets more recognition than griff, which seems unfair to me.

by the time griffin recorded this session (1962) he had gone from a combative saxophonist (he was often billed as the world's fastest tenorist) to a more mature and subtle player. if you've ever heard his blue note debut (introducing johnny griffin) you know what i'm talking about. that kind of dizzying overkill is mostly absent here. though griff's dazzling technical ability is still in evidence, he rarely heads into the stratosphere for the sake of it.

if you like traditional jazz with a slight twist, this is a good album for you. but there are better johnny griffin albums worth buying before this. especially recommended would be "battle stations" (an amazing album with lockjaw davis) and the offbeat "change of pace" which features griff with french horn player julius watkins and two basses.
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