Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Johnny Griffith Dance With The Lady GB 2014


Canada swings and Johnny Griffith is leading the charge, Dance With The Lady is stellar!

Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com

So tenor man Johnny Griffith fronts a stunning 4tet and oh yeah, he bangs out some alto too. Trumpet phenom Jeremy Pelt provides the perfect counterpoint and helps guide this ensemble to the land of rhythm and groove. All original tunes, unheard of for the most part. Griffith has that compositional x-factor and is obviously as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient.

There is a front line charm that harkens back to the days of Impulse on tunes such as "The Mile Walk" and "Cinders" while the band looks ahead with adventurous tunes such as "The Zissou Predicament" and "Syrah." With an amazing rhythm section rounded out with pianist Adrean Farrugia along with Jon Maharaj on bass and swing master Ethan Ardelli on drums there is little doubt that should this ensemble turn into a true working band that the sky is indeed the limit.

Post bop with bite. Swing with an attitude but most of all- SWING!

Tracks: The Zissou Predicament; Princess Aura Goes To Phrygia; Syrah; The Ruleshascope; Bass Interlude; The Mile Walk; Dance With The Lady; Cinders; That Night.