JOHN COLTRANE & JOHNNY GRIFFIN – A Blowing Session

JOHN COLTRANE & JOHNNY GRIFFIN – A Blowing Session

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Reissue 180g vinyl 

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This album, which ended up being the only recorded collaboration between John Coltrane and Johnny Griffi n, wasn’t planned that way. Initially Coltrane wasn’t scheduled to be on this date, but Griffi n saw him on his way to Rudy Van Gelder’s studio and asked him to join the remaining musicians, third tenor Hank Mobley, trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Blakey. These musicians were all associates within the same East Coast hard bop scene of the time; they came from the Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis’ quintet, and many had played with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band. The date produced versions of two standards, “The Way You Look Tonight” and “All the Things You Are,” along with two original Griffin compositions, “Ball Bearing” and “Smoke Stack.” The opening track features the three tenors trading off with complexity and speed that is still astonishing. The only other existing version of “The Way You Look Tonight” featuring Coltrane, recorded the following month for the Mal Waldron LP Mal/2, has been added as a bonus.
PERSONNEL:

JOHN COLTRANE, JOHNNY GRIFFIN & HANK MOBLEY, tenor sax
LEE MORGAN, trumpet
WYNTON KELLY, piano
PAUL CHAMBERS, bass
ART BLAKEY, drums

Hackensack, New Jersey, April 6, 1957.

Original session recorded by Rudy Van Gelder & produced by Alfred Lion.

*BONUS TRACK: John Coltrane (ts), Sahib Shihab (as), Idrees Sulieman (tp), Mal Waldron (p), Julian Euell (b), Ed Thigpen (d). Hackensack, New Jersey, May 17, 1957.

TRACKLIST:

Side A:
1 THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT
2 BALL BEARING
3 THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT [different version]*
Side B:
1 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
2 SMOKE STACK

Orinally released on Blue Note BLP 1559