The Jazz Show Episode February 28, 2011

Broadcast on 28-Feb-2011

9:00pm - 12:00am

This album recorded in August of 1959 marked a turning point in the recording career of one of the greatest Modern Jazz tenor saxophonists: Johnny Griffin. Up to this time Griffin's recordings had been casual quartet or "blowing dates" with loosely put together arrangements. This date is different and was also greeted warmly by the critics. What makes this date special is the arrangements and the three compositions by Norman Simmons, a Chicago homeboy of Griffin's. The three horn front line works wonderfully with Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone (another one of Griffin's homeboys) and a strong rhythm section comprising Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Albert "Tootie" Heath on drums. Griffin is at his fiery best on this date and plays fewer notes than usual and all his solos "tell a story", as Lester Young would say. The Little Giant is an excellent date and was a real step-up for one of the major voices of the tenor saxophone....Johnny Griffin!

Track Listing:

I Got Rhythm
Don Byas/Slam Stewart · At Town Hall
A Night in Tunisia
Charlie Parker/Dizzy · Jazz at Massey Hall
The Baghdad Blues
Horace Silver · Blowin' The Blues Away
Miles Davis · Birth of The Cool
Art Blakey · Mosaic
Jackie McLean/Tina · Jackie's Bag
Upper Egypt and Lower
Pharoah Sanders · Tauhid
Driva' man.
Max Roach · Freedom Now Suite
Freedom Day
Wynton Marsalis · The Lincoln Centre
All Aboard
Jazz Orchestra
Olive Refractions
Johnny Griffin · The Little Giant
The Message
the lonely one
63rd Street Theme
Venus and the Moon