Johnny Griffin

Live at Minton's

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During the night of July 6, 1961, the two-tenor quintet co-led by Johnny Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis recorded enough material to fill up four LPs; surprisingly, Fantasy has not yet reissued any of the sets in their Original Jazz Classics series. Two of the albums (The Tenor Scene and The Midnight Show) were last available as this two-LP set. Griffin and Davis, competitive tenors with different sounds, battle each other on ten selections with the assistance of pianist Junior Mance, bassist Larry Gales and drummer Ben Riley. Highlights of the frequently hard-charging date include "Straight No Chaser," "Woodyn' You," "I'll Remember April," "In Walked Bud" and "Our Delight." Exciting music that deserves to be made more widely available.