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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis with Shirley Scott: Cookin’ with Jaws and the Queen: The Legendary Prestige Cookbook Albums

Read "Cookin’ with Jaws and the Queen: The Legendary Prestige Cookbook Albums" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is something undeniably hip about the four discs which make up Cookin' With Jaws And The Queen, the music by tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Hammond B3 organist Shirley Scott. Recorded in three sessions between June and December 1958, at Rudy Van Gelder's studio, which happened to be in his parents' home, the music deftly recreates the soul-jazz experience heard in nightclubs and maybe more significantly on jukeboxes. Davis made a name for himself in the ...


Album Review

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Shirley Scott: Cookin’ with Jaws and the Queen: The Legendary Prestige Cookbook Albums

Read "Cookin’ with Jaws and the Queen: The Legendary Prestige Cookbook Albums" reviewed by Jim Trageser

In a sign that the art of the box set continues to evolve, and that history never runs in a straight line, a lavishly produced box set of tenor giant Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and organist Shirley Scott is being released not only on CD but on high grade vinyl LPs and downloads as well. Compare that to Bing Crosby's 1954 set, which came out on seventeen 45s in an actual box with a locking clasp and key.


Radio & Podcasts

A Night At Minton's Playhouse + New Finds And Releases

Read "A Night At Minton's Playhouse + New Finds And Releases" reviewed by David Brown

This week, we visit Minton's Playhouse in Harlem to check out Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis with Johnny Griffin for a two-tenor workout. We'll spin selections from three LP's The First Set, The Midnight Set, and The Late Show all documenting sets performed by the Davis/Griffin Quintet on January 6, 1961. Then, we'll celebrate the sounds of the clavinet electric piano with Les McCann, Herbie Hancock and Sun Ra. Plenty of new releases and old gems are included as well, here on ...


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New Orbits in Sound + Soulful Sides

Read "New Orbits in Sound + Soulful Sides" reviewed by David Brown

Today, we have a variety show of sounds for your enjoyment. First, a bit of a brew of mild avant-garde meets lounge music with Lyle Murphy (inventor of his own 12-tone system) and Gil Mellé (Modern Primitive Music). Things get serious with works from George Russell and the MJQ, before we change it up with a healthy serving of soul sides form Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis = 6127} / {{m: Shirley Scott, The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and more. We take ...


Album Review

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin Quintet: Tough Tenors Again 'N' Again

Read "Tough Tenors Again 'N' Again" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been over a year since Promising Music's last series of lovingly remastered and repackaged titles from the classic MPS catalog of the 1960s/70s, but they're back with two 2012 reissues that, once again, demonstrate the breadth and depth of a German label that ran the gamut from straight-ahead to fusion, and from down-and-dirty blues to the freest of the free. First up is Tough Tenors Again 'N' Again, truly a lost 1970 classic of muscular and unrepentantly down-the-middle jazz ...


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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Shirley Scott: Bacalao

Read "Bacalao" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Shirley Scott traffic in music that comes from the gut as much as the intellect. It strikes with a visceral force, but retains an artistic edge. Their prolific output for Prestige, while stylistically interchangeable in some cases, still held true to the distinct vernaculars of blues and jazz improvisation. This date proves no exception and adds an agile two-man Latin percussion team to the already explosive formula. The rhythmic diversity of Barretto and Perez pulls the ...


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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (Prestige: Goin' to the Meetin'

Read "Goin' to the Meetin'" reviewed by Derek Taylor

The esthetic and visceral aspects of Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis’ music have been on my mind a lot lately. My regular AAJ column “Combing the Fantasy Catalog” allowed me the welcome chance to explore his Prestige label legacy at length, but much to my regret this recent reissue wasn’t in circulation until after I’d put the wrap on the articles. The generous clutch of material from three albums, Misty, Stompin’ and Goin’ to the Meetin’ gathered here is much in line ...


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