Tough Tenors
  • CAT # OJCCD-1094-25

    1. Tickle Toe 5:30
    2. Save Your Love For Me 4:20
    3. Twins 6:31
    4. Funky Fluke 9:13
    5. Imagination 4:27
    6. Soft Winds 5:40

If double-barreled tenor saxophone fires you up, the tandem of Johnny
Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis is, to this day, scalding. Two-tenors-with-rhythm-section was hardly new when, in 1960, Griffin (b. 1928) and Davis (1921-1986) locked horns for the first time on record. But the heat of their friendly but full-bore battles--modern-mainstreamer Davis, with his juicy tone (incidentally, he solos first on every cut here, save his partner's ballad feature, "Imagination"), vs. hard-bopper Griffin, with his supersonic attack--marked them as the most muscular of tenor teams. There are few jazz sounds more exciting than these saxes wailing in unison or close harmony, trading fours, or (as on "Save Your Love for Me") rapidly referencing "Blues in the Night'" train whistle. They liked to blow on Swing Era favorites ("Tickle Toe," "Soft Winds"), but their music continues to exert a timeless quality. All-out swinging is, after all, a joy forever.

with Junior Mance, Larry Gales, Ben Riley

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