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Johnny Griffin & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: Tough Tenors

Read "Tough Tenors" reviewed by Derek Taylor

What more can be said about the grandiloquent tradition of two tenor conclaves in jazz? The lineage is wide, multifarious and deep, wrangling in such names as Young and Evans, Ammons and Stitt, Sims and Cohen, Clay and Newman, Anderson and Jordan, Freeman and Freeman, along with others too numerous to list. Like many of the previously mentioned pairings, Jaws and Griff shared an amicable rapport and took their partnership as joint leaders seriously. So much so that their quintet’s ...


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