Johnny Griffith | Dance With the Lady

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Dance With the Lady

by Johnny Griffith

Debut album from Canadian Saxophonist/Composer Johnny Griffith. Features nine original compositions ranging in influences from Joe Henderson to Andrew Hill to Anton Webern, yet heralds this young composers original contemporary voice.
Genre: Jazz: Hard Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Zissou Predicament
8:43 $0.99
2. Princess Aura Goes to Phrygia
8:49 $0.99
3. Syrah
6:39 $0.99
4. The Kuleshascope
10:29 $0.99
5. Bass Interlude
1:44 $0.99
6. The Mile Walk
7:08 $0.99
7. Dance With the Lady
6:03 $0.99
8. Cinders
8:25 $0.99
9. That Night (Under the Bench) Long Ago
10:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Johnny Griffith Quintet is the newest project from this Canadian saxophonist and composer. Formed in early 2013 to record an EP, the quintet features a line up of some of the most exciting young performers out of Canada and the US. Special guest NYC’s Jeremy Pelt adds his internationally acclaimed trumpet sound, while Jon Maharaj, Adrean Farrugia and Ethan Ardelli offer the energy and originality of this new generation of jazz artists. Reunited for a series of performances in August 2014, the quintet recorded thier debut CD, Dance with the Lady. Comprised of nine of Johnny’s original compositions, ranging in influences from Joe Henderson, Andrew Hill to Kenny Wheeler & Anton Webern, this record has strong roots in jazz tradition yet heralds the contemporary voice of this young composer.

Track notes
The Zissou Predicament - An explosive hard-bop inspired tune, named for Johnny's favorite movie, the life aquatic. Steve Zissou: "I'm going to find it and I'm going to destroy it. I don't know how yet. Possibly with dynamite."

Princess Aura Goes to Phyrgia a contemporary jazz composition named for Flash Gordon. Explores the third mode of the major scale...phrygian.

Syrah, a dedication to Johnny's love of wine.

The Kuleshascope is named for Canadian Art Music composer Gary Kulesha. Uses twelve tone composition techniques...but sounds like Anton Webern met Black Sabbath and then went to a jazz club.

Mile Walk a brooding slow dark tune featuring Jeremy Pelt sounding very much like Miles Davis.

Cinders takes its name from a trip to the ballet to see Prokofiev's Cinderella. The tune takes it's harmonic concepts from the russian master composer, yet is very reminiscent of Kenny Wheeler style.

That Night Under The Bench, named for a time Johnny spent homeless in NYC. Afraid to sleep at night, he was sleep deprived and began to have delusions. The angular sax/bass introduction joined by the contrapuntal trumpet and piano melodies were written during that rough time he spent trying to stay awake...under a bench.



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