CD reissue. With Donald Byrd, Pepper Adams, Kenny Drew, Wilbur Ware, Philly Joe Jones
Johnny Griffin had over a decade of valuable performing experience (with Lionel Hampton, Joe Morris, and Art Blakey) and several albums as a leader under his belt when he joined the Riverside roster in 1958. It was his Riverside work, however, under his own name and with Thelonious Monk, that finally established the Chicago native as the Little Giant of the tenor sax and one of the most exciting jazz soloists on any instrument. This was his first release for the label, a typically hard-blowing encounter with talented partners in the front line and an equally sympathetic rhythm section that allows Griffin to display his full emotional range, as well as the supercharged solo lines that became his trademark.
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