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    Default Incredible Willow Weep from Johnny Griffin!

    Check out this killer recording...sublime!

    What do you hear?

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    Default Re: Incredible Willow Weep from Johnny Griffin!

    That was a great way to start my day!!!!!!

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Incredible Willow Weep from Johnny Griffin!

    That was very nice. I wish it had swung just a little more myself, but a superb rendition of Willow Weep for Me. What did I hear? A thing of beàuty.
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    Default Re: Incredible Willow Weep from Johnny Griffin!

    Can't stop listening to this...so beautiful!

    Kind of obvious maybe, but I think this was recorded around '61 or '62, and I really hear Griffin talking to Coltrane on it! He's saying "Yes!"
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    Great, thanks!
    How hard can it be? You only play one note at a time.

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    Default Re: Incredible Willow Weep from Johnny Griffin!

    I hear the great Johnny Griffin still playing on his old Tone Master (the one Drake copied in the Legends Serie). Don't hear much or any Coltrane, it's pure Griff in my ears (more influenced by heavy tenors). But he plays here less old school tenor sound compared to his 1956 album "Introducing Johnny Griffin". Check this clip to compare:

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNLR76Ss2WY

    I recently uploaded a new soundclip on YouTube with Griff in fantastic shape playing in 1984 in The Netherlands in a tenor battle with Arnett Cobb and Lockjaw Davis. Check out this thread, his solo's in 'Lester Leaps In' and 'Bag's Groove' are amazing (and those of the others are also 'not bad'!):

    http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthr...-s-Groove-quot

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    Default Re: Incredible Willow Weep from Johnny Griffin!

    I'm glad folks liked this one!

    When I listen, for example from 1:12 to 1:20, I'm hearing Griff processing/reflecting upon what Coltrane was doing at that time--i.e right around My Favourite Things. In general, he really seems to be stripping away some of the mannerisms of the heavy tenor school and, again, engaging musically with the dryer, modern, tone pioneered by guys like Trane.
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    Default Re: Incredible Willow Weep from Johnny Griffin!

    Indeed Rory, Griff was changing his approach and sound concept in that period. That became even more clear when he changed from his Tone Master to a Florida Link, giving him a more modern sound. Coltrane influenced almost all players, so you could be right about that.

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    Default Re: Incredible Willow Weep from Johnny Griffin!

    Love it!
    Beautiful dark sound!
    Thanks for sharing.
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