Blues for Harvey.Copenhagen: SteepleChase, 1973 Stock Code: 144500
Signed flamboyantly by the Little Giant in blue ball-point pen at the top left corner of the back cover, "The Best, Johnny Griffin". This is the first pressing of the original Danish release and, according to The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, "provides some characteristically vivid tenor playing". The cover portrait captures the Zapata-moustachioed tenorist sporting some killer shades.
Blues for Harvey is a mid-career high-point. "The three long cuts, "That Party Upstairs", "Soft and Furry" and "Blues for Harvey", are delivered by a band clearly stoked and in sympathy with the other's approach. It must count as one of Drew's best performances of the period, and Thigpen swings his socks off" (ibid). Mads Vinding is the bassist, a stalwart of Copenhagen's Café Montmatre, where this thoroughly enjoyable live album was recorded. The back cover features Griffin carousing for the camera with Harvey Sand, "his favourite Danish bartender," after whom the album was named.
12-inch vinyl LP (SteepleChase SCS-1004), new plain paper sleeve (original sleeve also present), original album cover.
Cover very good, clean and bright; disc in excellent condition.
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