Canada is a place where chops can grow – sometimes to epic proportions. A case in point is Toronto saxophonist Johnny Griffith, whose CD Dance With The Lady reveals an exciting musical imagination with skills to spare.
Conceptually this recording has all the elements that I look for in a great jazz recording, a strong connection with the past masters of the music balanced with a voice and vision that are of today… I’m knocked out with the music and performance contained on this disc.
Johnny Griffith manages to do what few artists are capable of doing: he blends the styles of the past and present while projecting the attitude of today.
Griffith plays his axe like a New Yorker with something to prove. …one bad cat that’s going to be blazing his trail across the night time sky for some time to come
Griffith plays, thankfully, from his heart, not his head. The result is – rarity of rarities – an album of original compositions that swings from start to finish.
Formidable front line capable of channeling classic jazz roots.
Saxophonist Johnny Griffith demonstrates here why he is one of the premier jazz players in Canada and the world, playing the instrument with energy and sophistication on Dance With The Lady
Canada swings and Johnny Griffith is leading the charge, Dance With The Lady is stellar!Griffith has that compositional x-factor and is obviously as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient.
a kinetic player, pushing toward a raw expressionist edge, showing affinities with John Coltrane and the ancestral energies of rhythm & blues.
Johnny knocked one out of the park with this CD!