Live At The Subway in Cologne – 1986
Johnny Griffin/Woody Shaw Quintet
The two brilliant horn players perform a lengthy bop-oriented set
While tenor-saxophonist Johnny Griffin and trumpeter Woody Shaw had careers that overlapped for over 20 years, they only recorded together in July 1985 as members of the Paris Reunion Band.
Griffin (1928-2008) had his own sound and mastery of bebop by the mid-1950s when, due to his ability to play quite coherently at rapid tempos, he became known as “the world’s fastest saxophonist.”
Shaw (1944-1989) was a superb trumpeter from the Clifford Brown/Lee Morgan/Freddie Hubbard tradition who developed his own advanced style.
The two great horn players are featured in prime form on a bebop-oriented set that includes lengthy versions of “Ow,” “A Night In Tunisia,” Shaw’s “To Kill A Brick,” “All The Things You Are,” “Blue Monk,” and “What Is This Thing Called Love.”
– Scott Yanow