Limited Edition – 300 Copies!
Black Lion Records Essential Reissue Series!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Cut by Chris Bellman, Sound & Engineering Consultation by Steve Hoffman!
Pressed at Pallas on 180 Gram White Vinyl!
1967 Live Set from Johnny Griffin Affirms His Billing as the "World's Fastest Tenor" and Cooks With Red-Hot Rhythm Section
Spectacular Audiophile Restoration Series Resurrects UK Label Black Lion: Mastered at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman and Pressed at Pallas.
Johnny Griffin had a reputation as the "world's fastest tenor." At this intense live date captured at Club Montmarte in Copenhagen in 1967, the saxophonist lives up to such a billing and more, attacking five compositions with dynamite energy and blinding speed. In addition, Griffin displays the warm and sensitive side he developed later in his career on a touching rendition of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady." Throughout, he's aided by a resolutely controlled and superbly dynamic rhythm section comprised of bassist Niels Pederson and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, who, with pianist Kenny Drew, match Griffin's red-hot bravado. This is a hard-bop set no one will want to miss.
Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz and blues legends, The Man I Love is on par with Griffin's finest studio outings for Blue Note and a cant-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music. Orchestrated by ORG Music, this historical reissue is afforded the ultimate in audiophile production standards, resulting in sonics and presentation befitting the museum-like worth of this records existence.