Johnny Griffin: The Congregation - JazzWax

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January 29, 2008


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I'm glad to see an appreciation of Johnny Griffin. I think his reputation as the fastest--or at least one of the fastest- cats over the sax, probably, in the long run, may have done more to hurt his reputation than help it, since it seemed to suggest "all flash, no depth." Just not the case. Man, this cat played brilliantly with Monk! "The Congregation" is indeed top-notch, as is "A Blowin' Date," with Coltrane, Mobley, Morgan, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey! Griffin has a substantial discography, worth checking out.

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