Giants on earth

Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophonist, b. Chicago 4-24-28, d. at his home in the French countryside,  7--27-08 -- such bare facts don't say much about the music this man could wring from his instrument, back when jazz giants entertained the earth. From his pro emergence at age 15 in 1945 well past the mid '60s, when Griffin relocated to Europe due to tensions in the U.S. and civilization abroad -- he stood fast and tall for vigor and rigor, sophisticated lyricism and humor, impassioned drive, true blue grit, the spirit of collaborataion  -- … [Read more...]