Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Change of Pace
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Every so often, an album drifts quietly back into circulation with little or no fanfare--no bonus tracks, no studio chatter, no extra nothing. That's the story with Johnny Griffin's Change of Pace, plainly packaged and sti... more »
Every so often, an album drifts quietly back into circulation with little or no fanfare--no bonus tracks, no studio chatter, no extra nothing. That's the story with Johnny Griffin's Change of Pace, plainly packaged and still only 39 minutes long. But it's a stellar work that should've come back long before 1999. Maybe Griffin's concept relegated the album to the back burner: he brought on board a pair of bassists (Bill Lee and Larry Gales), drummer Ben Riley, and French-horn playerJulius Watkins. Of course Watkins had, only a couple years before Griffin's 1961 date, joined hands with fellow Thelonious Monk veteran Charlie Rouse as part of the Jazz Modes, so maybe Griffin, one of Monk's all-time favorites, picked up the tenor and French-horn vibe there. In any event, Griffin's addition of the bassists gave him a resonant pillow to play over. He plays sweetly on "Soft and Furry," kicks it up a notch (or more) for Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night," and they're off. Known for his speed and his appetite for biting, gut-grabbing tone, Griffin shows off a wide, colorful personality throughout Change: here a bluesy kingpin, there a big-hearted lover. He flies every hard-bop flag high, assuring that Change be considered a stealthy reprint, something that creeps up and surprises, over and over. --Andrew Bartlett
Get It While You Can!
Richard B. Luhrs | Jackson Heights, NY United States | 12/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sorry to see that this amazing set has been deleted; it's easily one of the most interesting and rewarding jazz albums I've come across in years. A unique instrumental lineup of tenor saxophone, French horn, two basses and drums; first-rate playing from all hands; and the tingling atmosphere which only a truly inspired date can evoke all make A CHANGE of PACE well worth the time of any serious jazz fan. Those familiar with Johnny Griffin from his more typically furious blowing sessions of the 1950s and '60s will be awestruck by the delicacy he displays here; and anyone as yet unfamiliar with the great tenorman could find no better place to start getting to know him. One can only hope that another edition of this very special album will see the light of day soon; in the meantime, anyone who can still manage to grab it is advised to do so."