The Man I Love
- (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Limited Edition, Deluxe Edition)
- Artist: Johnny Griffin
- Format: LP
- Release Date:8/12/2016
1967 Live Set from Johnny Griffin Affirms His Billing as the 'World's Fastest Tenor' and Cooks With Red-Hot Rhythm Section. Audiophile-Tailored Deluxe Edition Title: Numbered Set Includes Standard 180g LP + 180g 45RPM 2LP with Exclusive Diecut Black Gatefold Jacket-Limited to Just 500 Worldwide Copies! Spectacular Audiophile Restoration Series Resurrects UK Label Black Lion: Mastered at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman and Pressed at Pallas. EQ Notes and Curation Performed by Iconic Engineer Steve Hoffman; LPs EQ'd and Set Up by Bernie Grundman. Conceived, Designed, and Manufactured for Collectors and Enthusiasts: Vinyl Jacket Features Exclusive Art. Johnny Griffin had a reputation as the 'world's fastest tenor.' At this intense live date captured at Club Montmarte in Copenhagen in 1967, the saxophonist lives up to such a billing and more, attacking five compositions with dynamite energy and blinding speed. In addition, Griffin displays the warm and sensitive side he developed later in his career on a touching rendition of Duke Ellington's 'Sophisticated Lady.' Throughout, he's aided by a resolutely controlled and superbly dynamic rhythm section comprised of bassist Niels Pederson and drummer Albert 'Tootie' Heath, who, with pianist Kenny Drew, match Griffin's red-hot bravado. This is a hard-bop set no one will want to be without. Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz and blues legends, The Man I Love is on par with Griffin's finest studio outings for Blue Note and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music. Orchestrated by ORG Music, this historical reissue is afforded the ultimate in audiophile production standards, resulting in sonics and presentation befitting the museum-like worth of this record's existence. Mastered from the original master tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman and pressed at Pallas, the 180g LP and 45RPM 2LP set was curated by legendary engineer Steve Hoffman and eq'd by Grundman himself. A better team you cannot find; every step involved serious quality-control measures to guarantee gorgeous sound. The superb vinyl housing features exclusive diecut black gatefold jacket. Numbered and limited to 500 worldwide copies, this is what being a collector is all about.