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Johnny Griffin 7/28/1963

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{^Grab This!} finds tenor {$Johnny Griffin} in a soul-jazz mood, which is greatly aided by the organ of {$Paul Bryant}. They are joined by guitarist {$Joe Pass}, bassist {$Jimmy Bond}, and drummer {$Doug Sides} for nice workouts on several originals and a couple of standards. The band seems confident and relaxed throughout this recording, injecting everything it touches with a healthy dose of the blues. {$Griffin}'s tone is rich and full throughout, but is most striking on {$Ellington} and {$Russell}'s {&"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"} and the self-penned original {&"Grab This!"} {$Bryant} has been given special guest status, and his style is perfectly matched with {$Griffin}'s. He also wrote the wonderful {&"Offering Time,"} a slow blues piece with a strong groove. While {$Pass}' role here is more supportive, he turns in several fine solos, as on {&"63rd Street Theme"} and {&"Offering Time."} What is perhaps most striking about {$Pass}' role here is his versatility: he appears as comfortable playing soul-jazz as he would playing hard bop or swing. {$Bond} and {$Sides} supply the steady rhythm needed to keep this soul-jazz moving along. It's amazing that five guys were able to get together and cut this album for {@Riverside} in one day during the summer of 1962. Like {$Carmell Jones}, {$Griffin} moved to Europe in the '60s, lowering his profile in the United States. {^Grab This!} is a fine album, and serves as a reminder of {$Griffin}'s lovely tenor sound. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Grab This! Johnny Griffin 5:56
  3. 2 63rd Street Theme Johnny Griffin 5:26
  4. 3 Don't Get Around Much Anymore Johnny Griffin 8:26
  5. 4 Offering Time Johnny Griffin 6:8
  6. 5 These Foolish Things Johnny Griffin 6:33
  7. 6 Cherry Float Johnny Griffin 5:24

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