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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 some of the many original blues Davis and Scott recorded on their numerous Prestige records. As it is, only three such themes are featured here ("The Rev," "Heat 'n' Serve" and "Pots and Pans). The rest of the set includes two tracks a piece with the Red Garland Trio ("Untitled Blues," "Softly Baby"), the Oliver Nelson Orchestra (the original "Stolen Moments" and the excellent "Trane Whistle"), "Straight, No Chaser" (from a 1960-62 union with fellow tenor man Johnny Griffin), "Street Lights" (a 1962 quartet featuring organist Don Patterson), "Jawbreakers" (a 1962 meeting with Harry "Sweets" Edison) and "Edison's Lights"" (a 1976 quintet featuring Count Basie). Unfortunately, Straight Blues is a bit too much of a hodge-podge, jumping from one excellent Davis group to another. One disc a piece could easily have been devoted to the blues recordings Davis made with Shirley Scott, Red Garland, Johnny Griffin, Harry "Sweets" Edison or Count Basie. But for the sake of economy, this is probably an ideal introduction to the blues power of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and offers beginners a good place to start exploring the tenor great's tough and earthy music.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com