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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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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis/ Johnny Griffin Quintet: Blues Up & Down

Read "Blues Up & Down" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Tandem tenor teams enjoy an illustrious history in improvised music: Herschel Evans and Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Don Byas, Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Fred Anderson and Kidd Jordan, the list goes on. One duo that often doesn’t get its fair share in terms of prestige and influence is the one documented so generously on this disc. “Jaws” and “Griff” easily rank with the aforementioned pairs and the albums on this two-fer bear out ...

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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: Straight Blues

Read "Straight Blues" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Almost everything tenor sax man Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis (1922-86) blew had a deep understanding of the blues. He was one of the most expressive (and identifiable) of the growling tenors, and his blues sensibility was infallible. He was at his best as one of Count Basie's featured soloists (1952-53, 1957 and 1964-73) and made his greatest, gutsiest music in the successful 1955-60 quartet he co-led with organist Shirley Scott. Straight Blues could have filled one disc with just ...


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