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Johnny Griffin ‎The Congregation 2LP 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl Blue Note Records Music Matters Jazz RTI USA

Johnny Griffin ‎The Congregation 2LP 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl Blue Note Records Music Matters Jazz RTI USA Maximize
Artist: Johnny Griffin
Title: The Congregation
Catalog Number: MMBST-1580
Label: Blue Note
Reissued by: Music Matters
Original release year: 1958
Reissue year: 2011
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 45 rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Numbered Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 707gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: January 26, 2020
Collection: Music Matters Blue Note 45rpm Series
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
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Unit Price: 80,40 €

Reference: MM451580GF

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From Music Matters impressive 45rpm Reissue Series, one of the best Blue Note titles and memorable Johnny Griffin session recorded by Rudy Van Gelder. Audiophile mastering from Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech on 2LP 45rpm 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI and presented in a luxurious gatefold cover with stunning high resolution session photos.



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  • Limited Edition
  • Numbered Edition
  • Only 1000 numbered Units available Worldwide
  • Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes
  • Remastered by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech
  • Double LP Cut at 45rpm for ultimate dynamics
  • 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl pressed at RTI USA
  • Ultra-Durable Extra Thick Album Covers
  • Gatefold Cover with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution



Johnny Griffin could play as rapidly as anyone but there was more to the great tenor than just speed. His warm and emotional tone was distinctive (be Coming an influence on Rahsaan Roland Kirk), he could play chorus after chorus of inventive and fresh ideas, and he was unbeatable in a saxophone battle.

Griffin even battled Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (who had a much tougher tone) to a dead heat in nightly battles when they co-led a quintet in the 1960s. The Congregation is a superb outing full of heat, fire and intensity, with time out for thoughtful ballads. Teamed with pianist Sonny Clark in a quartet, Griffin is quite exuberant on the lengthy sanctified title cut which is reminiscent of the jubilant Horace Silver tune "The Preacher." He tears into "It' s You Or No One" and puts plenty of honest feeling into the other songs which are taken at a more moderate pace.

Johnny Griffin, like the very best jazz musicians, meant every note that he played and his solos were full of constant surprises, making his best recordings timeless. The Congregation is one of his finest albums.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI in Camarillo, CA. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.





Johnny Griffin, tenor sax
Sonny Clark, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Kenny Dennis, drums


Track Listing:


1. The Congregation
2. Latin Quarter
3. I'm Glad There Is You
4. Main Spring
5. It's You Or No One


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