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  • Introducing Johnny Griffin Introducing Johnny Griffin Quick View

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    Introducing Johnny Griffin

    Johnny Griffin had been kicking around in R&B bands for years before his Blue Note debut in 1956. And what was introduced was a tenor saxophonist with a fresh sound, a warm, soulful style and the fastest technique in jazz. He moves from lyrical ballads to blistering tempos with ease. Within two years, Griff would become one of the leading tenor saxophonists in jazz as a member of Thelonious Monk's quartet.

    Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone

    Wynton Kelly, piano

    Curly Russell, bass

    Max Roach, drums

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    1. Mil Dew
    2. Chicago Calling
    3. These Foolish Things
    4. The Boy Next Door
    5. Nice And Easy
    6. It's All Right With Me
    7. Lover Man
    Johnny Griffin
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Tenor Scene The Tenor Scene Quick View

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    The Tenor Scene

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.

    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom

    Deep groove label LP pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock

    During the two-year existence of their Tough Tenors quintet, Eddie Lockjaw Davis (a Prestige artist) and Johnny Griffin (under contract to Riverside/Jazzland) satisfied their contractual obligations by recording five albums for each company. This was the pair's first for Prestige, and the first of a four-album series taped over the course of an extremely productive evening at the legendary Minton's Playhouse in Harlem. The album, also known as The Breakfast Show in an earlier reissue, gives the rhythm section several opportunities to shine, with Ben Riley's drums dominant on Woody'n You, Bingo Domingo featuring Larry Gale's bass, and Junior Mance's piano solo almost stealing the show on Light and Lovely. It is the leaders, though, who consistently deliver with their complimentary brand of intensity, which is heard at the boil throughout and reaches a particular peak when they exchange ideas on Straight, No Chaser.

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    1. Light And Lovely
    2. Straight, No Chaser
    3. Woody'n You
    4. Bingo Domingo
    5. I'll Remember April
    Eddie Davis & Johnny Griffin
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Thelonious In Action Thelonious In Action Quick View

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    Thelonious In Action

    Thelonious in Action: Recorded at the Five Spot Cafe is a 1958 album by jazz musician Thelonious Monk. The album was recorded live at the Five Spot Cafe and features Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone.
    1. Light Blue
    2. Coming On The Hudson
    3. Rhythm-A-Ning
    4. Epistrophy (Theme)
    5. Blue Monk
    6. Evidence
    7. Epistrophy (Theme)
    Thelonious Monk
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Misterioso Misterioso Quick View

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    1958's Misterioso was culled from the same 1958 Five Spot Cafe performances that produced Thelonious In Action and features the same quartet of Monk (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Roy Haynes (drums) and Ahmed Abdul-Malik (bass). The swinging 6-song set consists of of all Monk arranged originals, with the exception being Just a Gigalo, which he performs unaccompanied here. Griffin proves to be the perfect foil for Monk's unorthodox genius throughout, particularly on the 10-minute plus title track treasure and the multi-layered Let's Cool One.
    1. Nutty
    2. Blues Five Spot
    3. Let's Cool One
    4. In Walked Bud
    5. Just A Gigolo
    6. Misterioso
    Thelonious Monk
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Man I Love The Man I Love Quick View

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    The Man I Love

    Mastered From Original Analog Tapes By Bernie Grundman

    Pressed On Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas Group In Germany

    Recorded At Club Montmarte In Copenhagen, 1967

    Johnny Griffin had a reputation as the "world's fastest tenor." At
    this intense live date captured at Club Montmarte in Copenhagen
    in 1967, the saxophonist lives up to such a billing and more,
    attacking five compositions with dynamite energy and blinding
    speed. In addition, Griffin displays the warm and sensitive side
    he developed later in his career on a touching rendition of Duke
    Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady." Throughout, he's aided by
    a resolutely controlled and superbly dynamic rhythm section
    comprised of bassist Niels Pederson and drummer Albert "Tootie"
    Heath, who, with pianist Kenny Drew, match Griffin's red-hot
    bravado. This is a hard-bop set no one will want to be without.

    Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint that
    specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz and blues
    legends, The Man I Love is on par with Griffin's finest studio
    outings for Blue Note and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors
    and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music.
    Orchestrated by ORG Music, this historical reissue is afforded the
    ultimate in audiophile production standards, resulting in sonics
    and presentation befitting the museum-like worth of this record's

    1. The Man I Love
    2. Hush-A-Bye
    3. Blues For Harvey
    4. Sophisticated Lady
    5. Wee
    Johnny Griffin
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Chet Baker In New York Chet Baker In New York Quick View

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    Chet Baker In New York

    A uniformly brilliant effort from cool-toned trumpeter Chet Baker in his first ever appearance as a leader for the New York-based label Riverside Records,
    In New York is the epitome of West Coast cool meets East Coast sensibility. Teaming up with pianist Al Haig, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, bassist
    Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, Baker's laid-back mastery is on full display throughout this historic session.

    Marked by an uncanny group unity, which gives rise to many outstanding supporting solos, the tracks captured on In New York alternatingly effervesce
    with a California-cool introspection ("Polka Dots And Moonbeams") and percolate with driving intensity ("Hotel 49"). An excellent survey of Baker's style
    and prowess as a leader, Chet Baker In New York is highly recommended as THE album to own for anyone curious about diving in to his illustrious

    1. Fair Weather
    2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    3. Hotel 49
    4. Solar
    5. Blue Thoughts
    6. When Lights Are Low
    Chet Baker
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Little Niles (Pure Pleasure) Little Niles (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Little Niles (Pure Pleasure)

    Randy Weston, one of the world's foremost pianists and composers, a true innovator and visionary. Starting with the gospel of bop according to Thelonious Monk, Weston gradually absorbed the letter and spirit of African and Caribbean rhythms and tunes, welding everything together into a searching, energizing, often celebratory blend. His piano work ranges across a profusion of styles from boogie-woogie through bop into dissonance, marked by a stabbing quality reminiscent of, but not totally indebted to Monk.

    Combining the Ellingtonish arrangements of Melba Liston with the rhythmically intriguing explorations of Randy Weston this album represented a high point in his career at the time. All the tunes, written by Randy Weston, were inspired by his children Niles and Pamela. The innocence, excitement, anticipation and tension of childhood are all displayed here in these warm vinyl grooves.


    • Randy Weston (piano)

    • Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone)

    • Ray Copeland, Idrees Sulieman (trumpet)

    • Melba Liston (arranger, trombone)

    • George Joyner (bass)

    • Charlie Persip ( drums)

    Recording: October 1958 at RCA Studios, NYC

    About Pure Pleasure

    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.

    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.

    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.

    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.

    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.

    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Earth Birth
    2. Little Susan
    3. Nice Ice
    4. Little Niles
    5. Pams Waltz
    6. Babes Blues
    7. Lets Climb a Hill
    Randy Weston
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Kerry Dancers & Other Swinging Folk (Out Of Stock) The Kerry Dancers & Other Swinging Folk (Out Of Stock) Quick View


    The Kerry Dancers & Other Swinging Folk (Out Of Stock)

    A musician with a penchant for variety and surprise, Johnny Griffin has provided plenty of both through his long career. This 1961 quartet album found the master tenor saxophonist exploring the possibilities in four familiar folk songs, three original compositions and a standard song, Hush-a-Bye, based on a classical piece. To all of them Griffin applied his magisterial tone, vital imagination and ability to extract the greatest meaning from any harmonic structure. His companions in the adventure were Barry Harris, who was virtually the Riverside Records house pianist during this period; Ron Carter, a bassist of steadily increasing importance; and Ben Riley, then working with Sonny Rollins and soon to become Thelonious Monks drummer. It is unlikely that any group of Scottish singers ever performed Green Grow the Rushes with energy like Griffins.

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    1. The Kerry Dancers
    2. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
    3. Green Grow The Rushes
    4. The Londonderry Air
    5. 24 1/2 Daze
    6. Oh, Now I See
    7. Hush-A-Bye
    8. Ballad for Monsieur

    Johnny Griffin
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin 45 RPM Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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