White Gardenia

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White Gardenia
Studio album by Johnny Griffin
Released 1961
Recorded July 13, 14 & 17, 1961
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 38:54
Label Riverside
RLP 387
Johnny Griffin chronology
Blues Up & Down
(1961)
White Gadenia
(1961)
The Kerry Dancers
(1961)

White Gardenia is an album by jazz saxophonist Johnny Griffin with brass and strings which was recorded in 1961 and released on the Riverside label.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 3/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic site awarded the album 2½ stars stating "Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin pays tribute to Billie Holiday, who had died exactly two years earlier, on this ballad-oriented set... The arrangements, provided by Melba Liston and Norman Simmons, are tasteful, and the lyrical music is well-performed, if not overly memorable. Worth checking out".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gloomy Sunday" (Sam M. Lewis, Rezső Seress) - 4:06
  2. "That Old Devil Called Love" (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) - 3:50
  3. "White Gardenia" (Johnny Griffin) - 3:18
  4. "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.) - 3:17
  5. "Detour Ahead" (Lou Carter, Herb Ellis, Johnny Frigo) - 4:33
  6. "Good Morning Heartache" (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham) - 4:10
  7. "Don't Explain" (Holiday, Herzog) - 4:43
  8. "Trav'lin' Light" (Trummy Young, Jimmy Mundy, Johnny Mercer) - 4:06
  9. "No More" (Tutti Camarata, Bob Russell) - 3:57
  10. "Left Alone" (Holiday, Mal Waldron) - 2:54

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnny Griffin discography accessed October 25, 2012
  2. ^ Down Beat: March 1, 1962 vol. 29, no. 5
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 25, 2012