When Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Flyin High - G.B.H. - Ha Ha Johnny Griffin joined forces and formed a two-tenor front line, bop enthusiasts could safely assume that the sparks were going to fly. Davis and Griffinafter all, were one of hard bop's exciting Rare Earth - Motown Vintage Gold teams Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny Griffin - Battle Stations their saxophone battles were as legendary as the encounters of Gene Ammons and Sonny StittDexter Gordon and Wardell Grayor Phil Woods and Gene Quill who, unlike the other teams mentioned here, were a two-alto pair.
Both had big tones; both were very extroverted, aggressive players; and both swung unapologetically hard -- no one ever mistook either of them for members of jazz's cool school, which favored subtlety, restraint, and understatement over intensity and aggression. A sense of friendly competition is evident on Battle Stations ; when Davis and Griffin lock horns, the result is musical sportsmanship at its finest.
And "friendly" is the operative word on this date -- as competitive as Davis and Griffin could be, they had a great deal of respect for one another. Battle Stations which employs Norman Simmons on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, and Ben Riley on drums demonstrates that the saxmen were not only sparring partners, they were also a mutual admiration society, and the improvisers enjoy an incredibly strong rapport on hard-swinging numbers like "Pull My Coat," "Hey Jim!
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Superheftig People (Superheftig Mix) - Various - DJ Networx Vol. 6 Date September 2, Genre Jazz. Track Listing. What's Happening. Fletcher Henderson. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. Norman Simmons. If I Had You. Johnny Griffin. Pull My Coat. Richard Evans. Hey Jim! Billie's Bounce. Charlie Parker.
What's Happening Fletcher Henderson. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis feat: Johnny Griffin. Spotify Amazon. Abundance Norman Simmons. Pull My Coat Richard Evans. Billie's Bounce Charlie Parker. Theme Traditional.
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