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Friday, 27 August 2010

Johnny Griffin Orchestra - The Big Soul Band

(Riverside (USA) Monaural LP RLP 331, recorded 1960, released 1960)

Johnny Griffin is heard preaching saxophone in a big band setting with Bobby Timmons or Harold Mabern on piano playing Norman Simmons arrangements, and Simmons' compositions "Panic Room Blues" "Holla"and "Meditation" which are heard here for the first time. Also, well in keeping with the 'soulful' theme are Simmons' take on traditional spirituals like "Deep River", "Wade In The Water" and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", while pianists Bobby Timmons and Junior Mance each contribute fitting originals, "So Tired" and "Jubilation", respectively.. On drums is Charlie Persip, while great bassists Victor Sproles or Bob Cranshaw anchor the rhythm. From the 12 piece orchestra, outstanding soloists besides Griffin (who plays out of his skin) include Clark Terry, trumpet, Julian Priester, trombone, as well as others.

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