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Jazz - Released January 1, 1999 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1994 | Concord Records, Inc.

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2007 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2006 | Blue Note Records

The great tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin is heard in top form on this near-classic quartet set. Assisted by pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Kenny Dennis, Griffin is exuberant on "The Congregation" (which is reminiscent of Horace Silver's "The Preacher"), thoughtful on the ballads, and swinging throughout. It's recommended for bop collectors. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Verve Records

"Usually found in a quartet setting, Griffin here works with a group of horns. The album, which had jazz critics writhing in pleasure, is lade with a Blue Note-styled classicism, elegant and informed by the blues."
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Concord Records, Inc.

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Jazz - Released March 31, 2009 | Rhino Atlantic

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Jazz - Released November 29, 2018 | FUZZY LEMONS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP LTD

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Jazz - Released February 3, 2000 | MINOR MUSIC

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Fantasy Records

A bit of an offbeat session for tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, The Little Giant features three originals by then-obscure pianist Norman Simmons, a reworking of the pop tune "Playmates," Babs Gonzalez's "Lonely One," and the tenorist's "63rd Street Theme." Simmons' arrangements for the three horns (which include trumpeter Blue Mitchell and trombonist Julian Priester) are colorful; the rhythm section (pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath) is state of the art for the period, and Griffin (who is featured in a trio with Jones and Heath on "Lonely One") is in fine form. An interesting set of obscure straight-ahead jazz. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2003 | Fantasy Records

Jazz - Released July 6, 2015 | Blue Velvet

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2009 | Riverside

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Nick Phillips compiled this chronologically arranged nine-track overview of the career of "The Little Giant," Johnny Griffin, as a leader and as a sideman for the Riverside, Jazzland, Prestige, and Galaxy catalogs. The recording dates mainly range from 1958-1962, though the final track, a lovely version of "Autumn Leaves," comes from a 1978 session. There is only one original on the set, the wonderful "63rd Street Theme" from the album The Little Giant, in 1959. Other albums represented here are Way Out!, The Little Giant, Johnny Griffin Sextet, Tough Tenors, and The Tenor Scene with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Thelonious Monk's Thelonious in Action, the great Big Soul Band session from 1960, Wes Montgomery's Full House, and Return of the Griffin from 1978. The highlights of the set include the big band's version of "Wade in the Water," the blazing version of "Cherokee," and the reading of Lester Young's "Tickle Toe." Other highlights -- though non-musical ones -- are the insightful and engaging -- as well as authoritative -- liner notes by author and critic Ashley Khan. ~ Thom Jurek
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2009 | Riverside

Nick Phillips compiled this chronologically arranged nine-track overview of the career of "The Little Giant," Johnny Griffin, as a leader and as a sideman for the Riverside, Jazzland, Prestige, and Galaxy catalogs. The recording dates mainly range from 1958-1962, though the final track, a lovely version of "Autumn Leaves," comes from a 1978 session. There is only one original on the set, the wonderful "63rd Street Theme" from the album The Little Giant, in 1959. Other albums represented here are Way Out!, The Little Giant, Johnny Griffin Sextet, Tough Tenors, and The Tenor Scene with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Thelonious Monk's Thelonious in Action, the great Big Soul Band session from 1960, Wes Montgomery's Full House, and Return of the Griffin from 1978. The highlights of the set include the big band's version of "Wade in the Water," the blazing version of "Cherokee," and the reading of Lester Young's "Tickle Toe." Other highlights -- though non-musical ones -- are the insightful and engaging -- as well as authoritative -- liner notes by author and critic Ashley Khan. ~ Thom Jurek