Just Friends - Johnny Griffin

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Just Friends - Johnny Griffin

Chicago Bop tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin started his career with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1945, then became a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and in the fifties joined Thelonius Monk in diiferent settings. He had his own Quartet with Max Roach which brought him critical acclaim. In the sixties he worked with Dizzy Gillespie and also recorded several albums with guitarist Wes Montgomery. He lived in France from 1963 and then settled in the Netherlands in the seventies.
In this clip he plays at a jazz festival in Germany with an all Dutch trio.
These very capable musicans are Hein de Graaff piano, Koos Serierse bass and Erik Ineka on drums.

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