Ow! Live at The Penthouse is a collection of recordings by the supercharged saxophone duo of Johnny Griffin and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, captured over 2 nights at the famous Penthouse jazz club in Seattle, WA in 1962. Though the tenor sax battle became a fixture of the hard bop era, no duo was as powerful or as prolific as Davis, a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, and Griffin, noted for his high-voltage work with Thelonious Monk. The pair who became known as “the Tough Tenors.” This is not music of nuance and depth. It is innocent, optimistic, balls-to-the-wall jazz of a kind you don’t hear anymore.
Johnny Griffin/Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis: Ow! Live at The Penthouse
Griff ‘n’ Jaws – the ultimate tough tenor tandem, a powerhouse pairing who could take any audience (or rhythm section)...
-Simon Spillett, Jazzwise.com issue: March/2020
This is not music of nuance and depth. It is innocent, optimistic, balls-to-the-wall jazz of a kind you don’t hear anymore. Griffin and Davis had a working band that did blowing sessions, with all the exhilarations (and limitations) that great blowing sessions delivered, back in the day.
-Thomas Conrad, Jazztimes.com
Johnny Griffin and Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis: Ow! Live at the Penthouse — solos with purpose and poise. The two leaders play on the contrast between staccato quick-fire attack and extraordinarily vocalised tone.
- Mike Hobart – Financial Times December 27, 2019
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The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original ¼" 15 ips NagraMaster curve, NAB or CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging.
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