|Johnny Griffin had been kicking around in R & B bands for years before his Blue Note debut in 1956. And what was introduction was a tenor saxophonist with a fresh sound, a warm, soulful style and the fastest technique in jazz. He moves from lyrical ballads to blistering tempos with ease. Two bonus tracks from the session have been added to the original LP. The first-class accompaniment is provided by Wynton Kelly, Curly Russell and Max Roach. Within two years, Griff would become one of the leading tenor saxophonists in jazz as a member of Thelonious Monkâ€™s quartet.