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Biography

  • Born

    2 March 1922

  • Born In

    New York, New York, United States

  • Died

    3 November 1986 (aged 64)

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin, two tenor stars of the '50's and '60's teamed up for several recording sessions that offer a great contrast in tenor saxophone styles, and more importantly, lots of hard swinging blowing sessions.

Lockjaw's career predates the '50's; he can be found partnering with bop luminary Fats Navarro on a date for Savoy Records in the late '40's. His style could be called a mixture of the older style of swing tenor, like Ben Webster, with lots of elements of the next style, BeBop. An unusual technique, and fast fingerings are a signature of the artist's work.

Griffin debuted in the '50's and is a Bop stylist all the way, featuring a blisteringly fast technique, and a wailing, plaintive tone.

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