Johnny Griffin April 6, 1957
|#||Tracks||Playtime||Issue||Variance from Main Session Personnel|
|1||Smoke Stack (Alternate)||11:00|
|3||The Way You Look Tonight||9:37|
|5||All the Things You Are||10:10|
The issue "A Blowin' Session" says that the session was recorded on April 8th, 1957, but seeing as how EVERY other discography says the 6th of April, I am assuming that was just a misprint on the part of the CD reissue I have on hand.
On the OTHER hand, None of those same discographies (including the Blue Note Discography book edited by Ruppli and Cuscuna) list the alternate version of Griffin's tune "Smokestack", despite the fact that the CD reissue on which it appears WAS PRODUCED BY CUSCUNA. The reissue came out in 1998, Cuscuna's book with Ruppli came out in 1988, so the assumption there is he did extra research after the book was published and discovered the alternated track. But that still doesn't explain why subsequent online discographies haven't corrected their previous work (which seems to have come from the pre-internet book by Cuscuna & Ruppli.
Finally, while I don't know for certain that the alternate track of Smoke Stack was in fact "tk 1" and occurred before the master version, based on the fact that the originally issued tracks are all tk 2-5, it seems unlikely that they would play smokestack once, go through the other three songs, and play it again. I'm guessing they played it once, weren't 100% satisfied, so recorded another version and that one made it onto the original LP. Cuscuna, in his research for the reissue, found the alternate version, and included it. -JS