Jeremy Pelt: trumpet
Johnny Griffith: saxophone
Adrean Farrugia: piano
Jon Maharaj: bass
Ethan Ardelli: drums
The Lion, Camel & Child is the second release from Toronto saxophonist Johnny Griffith’s all-star quintet – a band made up of of four of Toronto’s leading jazz lights, along with the legendary New York trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.
For this release, Griffith drew inspiration from the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche – specifically his book Three Metamorphoses. As Griffith explains,
“Metamorphoses is concerned with what propels each new phase of human growth, so it seemed fitting to frame this as a suite – each track individual unto itself, yet when listened to as a whole representing the arc of the personal struggle to know more and be more.”
Central to the album is the suite that illustrates these phases and the qualities that define them: The Lion, virtuous and rebellious; The Camel, courageous and dutiful; and The Child, playful and free of spirit.
Change has always been a constant in Griffith’s musical life: as one of Toronto’s best known jazz musicians, he’s performed with jazz luminaries like Don Thompson, Brandi Disterheft, and Laila Biali, and has also found himself playing in other musical circles with artists like Charlie Hunter, Hawksley Workman, and the Pocket Dwellers. He’s also an active film composer.
In addition to working as a musician, Griffith also produces and engineers recordings for the non- profit record label G-B Records, which he founded in 2015. The Lion, Camel, and Child, will be the 5th release on that imprint.