Joe Newman (tp), Bennie Green (tb), Sonny Criss (as), Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis (ts), Eddie Bonnemere, Wynton Kelly (p), Bill Doggett (org), Oscar Pettiford (b), Shadow Wilson (d)
OCM CD 041
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (1921-1986) was the prototype mainstream musician and one of the tenor saxists with the strongest personality that jazz music has ever produced. As a self-taught musician, he created his own unmistakable style combining the aggressive with the smooth. He formed his own excellent combos and in 1952 Count Basie recruited him on for hisrenewed Orchestra as one of the main solo voices. This CD focuses on some interesting recordings Lockjaw produced in New York between 1950 and 1953 with small bands featuring Wynton Kelly, Billy Taylor and Bill Doggett amongst others.
01. Mountain Oysters (2:40)
02. Huckle Boogie (2:47)
03. I'm Gonna Eat You With A Spoon (2:38)
04. Little Rock (Sweet And Lovely) (3:21)
05. If The Motif Is Right (3:25)
06. The Lock (Squattin') (3:17)
07. I Only Have Eyes For You (3:06)
08. Chihiahua (2:38)
09. Secret Love (2:32)
10. Nightingale (2:34)
11. Intermission Riff (Live) (6:38)
12. Body And Soul (Live) (5:02)
13. My Blue Heaven (2:28)
14. Bewitched (2:48)
15. Blues In My Heart (2:37)
16. There's No You (2:40)
17. Slow Squat (2:32)
18. Hey, Lock (3:07)
19. I'm An Old Cowhand (3:08)
20. Paradise Squat (Live) (7:02)
Total time: 67:13 min.
Tracks #1-2: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts); Bill Doggett (org) John Simmons (b); Jo Jones (d). Unknown male singer (#1) and a p, second ts and other musicians on 2. New York, August 16, 1949.
Tracks #3-6: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Al Casey (g); Franklin Skeete (b); Lee Abrams (d); Carl Davis (vcl). New York, February 7, 1950.
Tracks #7-10: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts); Eddie Bonnemere (p); unknown b, d and percussion. New York, 1952.
Tracks #11-12: Joe Newman (tp); Bennie Green (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts); unknown p, b and d. Live concert, possibly Los Angeles, Autumn 1951?
Tracks #13-15: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts); Bill Doggett (org); Oscar Pettiford (b); Shadow Wilson (d). New York, 1952.
Tracks #16-19: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts); Billy Taylor (org); Freddie Green (g); Oscar Pettiford (b); Shadow Wilson (d). New York, 1952-1953.
Track #20: COUNT BASIE & HIS ORCHESTRA: Paul Campbell, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman, Reunald Jones (tp); Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Jimmy Wilkins (tb); Marshall Royal, Ernie Wilkins (as); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis; Paul Quinichette (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bs); Count Basie (p); Freddie Green (g); Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d). Birdland, New York, January 14, 1953.