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Illinois Jacquet and His Big Band: Jacquet's Got It

C. Michael Bailey By

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Illinois Jacquet has a rocking good time.

Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet is one of the last of the big tenors. LabelM's re-release of Jacquet's big band Atlantic Recording Jacquet's Got It is more than welcome. The majority of big band music being made today is experimental and progressive. While the UMO Jazz Orchestra and Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle Orchestra are creative vital forces in the genre, a band like that on Jacquet's Got It swings with an effortless abandon that is infectious and uncomplicated. Like Mozart's music, the pieces on this album require no digestion. These sound circle right around your brainstem and tickle those swing receptors that make one's feet start to tap a perfect 4/4.

The arrangements, the majority by Jacquet, are robust and meaty with tastefully earthy twists. Lester Young's "Tickletoe" sports Jacquet tenor solo with the band strolling and a blistering trumpet solo by Jon Faddis over a romping brass and reeds backdrop. Arnette Cobb's "Smooth Sailing" is played with a saunter swagger sporting the low brass in the band. "Stompin' At The Savoy" is suitably swinging, with a very cool piano introduction. Heavy on the Tenor. Tricky accents and a swinging good humor make this re-release welcome. The music smiles.


Track Listing: Tickletoe; Smooth Sailin'; More Than You Know; Stompin' At The Savoy; Three Buckets Of Jive; You Left Me Alone; Runnin's With Ron; Blues From Louisiana. (Total Time: 44:27)

Personnel: Illinois Jacquet: Tenor Saxophone; Jon Faddis, Irv Stokes, Jhonny Grimes, Henry Scott: Trumpets; Frank Lacy, Art Baron, Kiane Zawadi, Fred Joiner: Trombones; Marshass Royal: Alto Saxophone; Joey Cavaseno: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet; Babe Clark, Eddie Barefield: Tenor Saxophones, Rudy Rutherford: Baritone Saxophone; Richard Wyands: Piano; Milt Hinton: Bass; Duffy Jackson: Drums.

| Record Label: Label M | Style: Big Band


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