White Gardenia

Johnny Griffin

White Gardenia
  • CAT # OJCCD-1877-2

    1. Gloomy Sunday 4:29
    2. That Ole Devil Called Love 3:50
    3. White Gardenia 3:18
    4. God Bless The Child 7:05
    5. Detour Ahead 7:35
    6. Good Morning Heartache 8:18
    7. Don't Explain 7:10
    8. Travelin' Light 4:06
    9. No More 1:50
    10. Left Alone 6:39

Johnny Griffin's glorious memorial to Billie Holiday was completed two years to the day after her death on July 17, 1959. Deeply affected and inspired by Lady Day, Griffin poured his love and admiration into ten songs from her repertoire in a collection that remains, decades later, one of his finest achievements. The arrangements by Melba Liston and Norman Simmons provided perfect settings for the saxophonist. Although Griffin is the focal point, there are also splendid solos by Nat Adderley, Jimmy Cleveland, Clark Terry, and Barry Harris. In the years since White Gardenia, there have been countless tributes to Billie, but Griffin's remains unique in its passion and beauty.

with Clark Terry, Ray Alonge, Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Paul Faulice, Barry Harris, Jimmy Jones, Barry Galbraith, Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Ernie Royal, Nat Adderley

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