Johnny Griffin – Take My Hand (1988/2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Johnny Griffin – Take My Hand (1988/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:37 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | © 2018 Fuzzy Lemon Entertainment Group Ltd.

One of the more obscure recordings in Johnny Griffin’s discography, this studio session from some time during the 1980s features the tenor saxophonist with a solid rhythm section consisting of pianist Michael Weiss, bassist Dennis Irwin, and the in-demand drummer Kenny Washington. At times, one gets the idea that Griffin has slowed down his playing style a bit, though blistering originals like “Take My Hand” quickly shake that notion. The lush, extended treatment of Billy Strayhorn’s “Isfahan” (oddly credited to Griffin on the back insert) contrasts with the percolating take of Thelonious Monk’s quirky and infrequently performed “Coming on the Hudson.” Griffin’s bluesy “Woe Is Me” is the perfect number for late, lonely nights, suggesting the last remaining patron in a bar about to close.


01 – Isfahan
02 – Take My Hand
03 – All Through the Night
04 – Coming on the Hudson
05 – Woe Is Me
06 – Hush-A-Bye
07 – Out of This World

Recorded in May 1988 at “Studio In The Grove”, Davie, FL.

Johnny Griffin – tenor saxophone
Michael Weiss – piano
Dennis Irwin – bass
Kenny Washington – drums