Johnny Griffin – Johnny Griffin Sextet (Full Album)

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Johnny Griffin Sextet is an album by jazz saxophonist Johnny Griffin and his all-star sextet, released on the Riverside label in 1958. It was Griffin’s debut on Riverside, and was recorded the day before the Way Out! session dates.

“The great tenor Johnny Griffin made his debut on Riverside with this sextet set which has been reissued on CD in the OJC series. Griffin is teamed with trumpeter Donald Byrd, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Philly Joe Jones for three obscure tunes, the ballad “What’s New” and a cooking version of “Woody’N You.” High-quality hard bop from some of the best.” – ScottYanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Stix’ Trix” (Wilbur Campbell) – 7:43
“What’s New?” (Burke, Haggart) – 7:53
“Woody ‘n’ You” (Gillespie) – 6:12
“Johnny G.G.” (John Hines) – 9:45
“Catharsis” (Johnny Griffin) – 9:56

Johnny Griffin — tenor saxophone
Pepper Adams – baritone saxophone (not on “Woody ‘n’ You”)
Donald Byrd – trumpet (not on “Woody ‘n’ You”)
Kenny Drew — piano
Wilbur Ware — bass
Philly Joe Jones — drums


Released: Late May/early June 1958
Recorded: February 25, 1958
Length: 41:29
Label: Riverside
RLP 12-264[2]
Producer: Orrin Keepnews