At Onkel PO's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1975

N 78046LP N 78046LP

Double LP version. Recorded August 8, 1975 at Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, Germany; Recorded by NDR Hamburg. Personnel: Johnny Griffin - saxophone; Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - saxophone; Tete Montoliu - piano; Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - bass; Art Taylor - drums.

"... One of the most fascinating chapters in jazz history has been written by the 'Americans in Europe' -- masters of jazz from the homeland of this genre of music, who for different reasons did not feel at ease in their fatherland, the USA; most of the time there were just not enough jobs and even less appreciation for their work. The latent racism also played a role and some wanted to protest against the hubris of their home country, which wanted to police the world and again and again stumbled into armed conflicts. Furthermore, already in the 50s some big bands disintegrated while being on tour in the 'Old World' -- and Paris, London, Stockholm or Copenhagen -- in some rarer cases also Berlin, Munich or Frankfurt -- became a new home for high-profile jazz stars. The first recording under his own name was released in 1956 and four years later he was together with 'Lockjaw'-Davis in a rather successful and popular band. In this respect the concert in Hamburg fifteen years later was also a sort of revival. When Davis starts off the second part of the NDR-recording with the master-standard 'I Can't Started', followed by 'Stompin' At The Savoy' with Griffin and Davis alternating, then it becomes clear what these two musicians appreciated in each other: the partnership in the creative rivalry and cooperation of their voices. Pleasantly and with a lot of air Davis filled the room with sound, crisp and robust was Griffin's reaction. Together they were almost unbeatable. Furthermore, the Pö-concert was a typical Griffin-evening. 'Little Giant' (as the community called him) was never really interested in a clear structure -- the pure energy of exuberant storytelling was his element. With one small motive (e.g. 'Funky Fluke' towards the finale) he could easily fill one side of an LP; he always had something more to tell. This was in a way the motto of these seemingly never-ending story: always give more, always find more." --Michael Laages