The Congregation (Johnny Griffin album)

The Congregation is an album by American tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, recorded in 1957 and released on the Blue Note label. It would be his last recording for the label.[3] The cover art was designed by Andy Warhol and Reid Miles.[4][5]

The Congregation
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1958[1]
RecordedOctober 23, 1957
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
LabelBlue Note[2]
ProducerAlfred Lion
Johnny Griffin chronology
A Blowin' Session
The Congregation
Johnny Griffin Sextet


The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 5 stars and stated: "The great tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin is heard in top form on this near-classic quartet set... It's recommended for bop collectors."[6]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [7]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Johnny Griffin except as indicated
  1. "The Congregation" - 6:47
  2. "Latin Quarter" (John Jenkins) - 6:29
  3. "I'm Glad There Is You" (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Mertz) - 5:10
  4. "Main Spring" - 6:33
  5. "It's You or No One" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) - 4:52
  6. "I Remember You" (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) - 7:29



  1. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (March 3, 1958). "New Releases". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (September 8, 2009). Goldmine Record Album Price Guide. Penguin. ISBN 9781440229169 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Johnny Griffin discography accessed October 21, 2010
  4. ^ Salminen, Viljami. "The Iconic Work of Reid Miles". Viljami Salminen. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  5. ^ The Early Jazz Album Covers of Andy Warhol, accessed November 17, 2015
  6. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 21, 2010
  7. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 606. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.